Since I gave up the rollickin' Ford Fusion to save money when things looked bleakest for the family, I now tool around in a 1994 Toyota Camry with 220,000 miles, a busted up stereo, and a profound oil leak. The oil leak has become so bad that I can smell it burning when the engine heats up...this is not good. In fact, I have a feeling that it is very, very bad....
I'm calling Gregg's Japanese Auto to have them take a look and diagnose the problem. My fear is that the repair will come close to costing 1/2 of what the car is worth (thanks to Cash For Clunkers, the resale value on used Camry's ticked upwards) - when I registered the vehicle the DMV placed a value of $4700.00 on it, which was a shocker considering the miles.
Anyway, if anyone out there has any experience with older Camry oil leaks, I'd like to hear from you. Here are some more details:
The oil is pooling directly under the rear portion of the engine block, but drips all over. I can smell burning oil as the engine heats up and I am losing about a quart every two weeks driving less than 100 miles in that time frame....
Is it time to put this Camry out of its misery, or can it be saved?
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