I have multiple oil leaks


Asked by Mar 01, 2015 at 12:02 PM about the 1997 Toyota T100 2 Dr SR5 4WD Extended Cab SB

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Approx. 1 year ago I spent a lot of
money on a full upper engin rebuild
As of late I'm seeing a lot of oil leaks
under my truck so I took my truck to
the mechanic that did the rebuild and
he said it's the valve covers they
always leak. But I think he's full of
shit sense I owned my truck sense
2000 and never had oil leaks like I do
now. The oil isn't leaking from the
filter or drain plug either. My question
is should I hold the mechanic
accountable for this problem or
should I just stay away from him
working on my truck and go to
another mechanic? Fyi I spent $5700
in the rebuild and after its said and
done I don't think I should be have
problems a year later do you?

16 Answers

No, they don't "always leak", that's a cop-out answer to get rid of you. An 18 year old engine probably will, sure, but not after a rebuild, they should be good, and not leaking. You chould (try to) hold him accountable, but good luck with that. But $5700?! Is that a typo? For that kind of money you could have had a NEW engine and transmission BOTH, you were taken to the cleaners on that. And now won't stand behind it? It pisses me off and it's not even my money, that there are shops that do that/ The truck, 1997 Toyota T100 2 Dr SR5 4WD Extended Cab is worth about $3800 in 'good' condition

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Thanks and I had a feeling I was going to get a responds like that and I know I got screwed. Do you think the heads wasn't resurfaced correctly for this to happen or maybe the mechanic didn't torque the valve cover bolts to specs?

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No, not the heads re-surface, if that was done wrong will cause head gasket problems, coolant in oil, bubbles in radiator causing pre-mature radiator cap release, things like that. Very often they tighten the valve cover bolts TOO much, smashing the cork, and leaking. I sure hope you are not having those other problems

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I just now when reading your post ...top end only? they didn't even do the pistons/rings/crank bearings? This is so bad you might even consider a lawsuit.

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All he did was replaced the heads, crank shaft, he didn't touch the block in any way

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Sorry I had to go for a few minutes. Do you mean camshaft, not crankshaft?

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If it is the valve cover gaskets, they must be tightened down twice. First when the engine is cold then a second time once the engine is started and brought to operating temp. Otherwise they'll leak. Sounds like the mechanic didn't do it correctly. HTH. -Jim

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Well put he didn't tighten them a second time until a year later

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Thanks for the back-up Jim. Always welcome and if you disagree on anything, please, say so


Ford nut, I meant cam shaft

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I did say lawsuit, but I was just grasping for straws for some recourse. You would probably not prevail, you signed a work order (or did you) and I don't know what State you are in, but Calif and some other States have laws that upon demand by customer, all parts replaced must have old ones returned to customer, to prove they were really replaced. But after a year, that's not gonna happen. But gather any and all paperwork you have and see what it says. Still just grasping....

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You know what's really messed up, when I first took my truck in I told that so called mechanic that I think a result engine would solve all my problems. But the ass hole said when you buy a new rebuilt motor nothing ever lines up and I'll have more costly fixes. Now isn't that a bunch of crap if you ever heard crap?

It is. Maybe this guy is inexperienced or incompetent, or most likely of all a crook. Go ahead, post the name of the place! It's not slander, because it's true.

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It's looks like I'm going to have to just get rid of it and buy a newer model I really feel like I've been bent over and shafted on this truck from now on I'll take me problems to the car dealers mechanics this way the work will be done correctly. Thank for your input

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In California the name is Empire engine renew its under rebuilt engines. What a joke

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You're welcome fordnut. Always glad to help. This kind of thing makes me angry as well! For $5700 this person should get at least 10 more trouble free years out of this engine. -Jim

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