93 Camry Losing Antifreeze and running hot.


Asked by Apr 18, 2016 at 11:26 PM about the 1993 Toyota Camry SE V6

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Ok, Gurus.

I drive a 1993 Toyota Camry SE with the 3.0L V6. I am losing a fair amount
of antifreeze and She will over heat. I don't see a leak under the car. My oil
is not milky and as far as I can tell my coolant is not greasy. I am hoping it
is not a head gasket.

The one clue I have is that when it is cold outside I would see smoke/steam
come from the tailpipe on start up and intermittently during regular driving. I
knew I had a leaky valve cover gasket, however that has been recently
fixed by yours truly. I have not seen any irregular exhaust from my tailpipe
since the fix. But it has also not been very cold either.

Do I have a blown head gasket?
Do I have a subtle leak somewhere else?
Is my smoking tailpipe a result of the oil leak or something bigger?

Any help or pointers would be appreciated. I'll pay it forward as best I can.

Thanks in advance

2 Answers


You can go to your local auto store and pick up a kit to do your own bad head gasket test. I think for around $30 bucks you can do it yourself. Check out this short video on how to use a block tester.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4FoUc6fRNs


also, check really closely around your water pump. sometimes they wont seep until you are going and the rpms are higher. happened to me once. couldn't find anything under the car, just frittered away when going down the road.

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