Oil shield failure on my Camry

Asked by Feb 07, 2010 at 08:39 AM about the 2003 Toyota Camry LE

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Hello forum,

Has anyone else experienced or heard of this problem?

A piece of the metal plate under the oil fill port on the engine of my 2003 Camry (Toyota calls it a splash shield) broke and fell onto the timing change sprocket. This stopped the engine, bent all valves and chipped the pistons - totalled the engine. Toyota says they have no reports of this happening. My dealer found a low level caution memo from Toyota that warns about contact with the plate while adding oil. I bought a used engine because my Camry (116K miles) was otherwise in excellent shape. Toyota USA offered minor compensation but deniend any warrantee or other responsibility.

Seems to me that engine heat and repeated flexing of the shield during oil changes could cause metal fatigue and eventual failure. Has anyone heard of this problem in other Camry's?

2 Answers

12,125

I have never heard of this happening in 35 years of service I would say ( No offense implied ) that it is user error. Probably by attempting to get the oil bottle to stay in the hole without holding it by over pushing the bottle into the filler hole, into the metal splash shield and subsequently off of its retaining rivits.

That's what Toyota USA said. I appreciate your input and no offense taken. Still not fully in agreement but thought I would put it out there for comment.

Your Answer

Toyota Camry Experts

  • #1
    Reelin68
    Reputation
    13,270
  • #2
    Tom Demyan
    Reputation
    4,560
  • #3
    tenspeed
    Reputation
    3,000
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Honda Accord
1,045 Great Deals out of 63,027 listings starting at $999
Used Toyota Corolla
925 Great Deals out of 66,685 listings starting at $1,000
Used Honda Civic
843 Great Deals out of 78,708 listings starting at $888
Used Nissan Altima
1,124 Great Deals out of 74,981 listings starting at $999
Used Toyota Avalon
273 Great Deals out of 16,559 listings starting at $1,095
Used Toyota RAV4
905 Great Deals out of 60,654 listings starting at $1,690
Used Hyundai Sonata
744 Great Deals out of 47,935 listings starting at $199
Used Toyota Highlander
465 Great Deals out of 25,378 listings starting at $2,299
Used Nissan Maxima
322 Great Deals out of 23,729 listings starting at $1,550
Used Honda CR-V
873 Great Deals out of 55,045 listings starting at $1,007
Used Toyota 4Runner
241 Great Deals out of 21,786 listings starting at $1,500
Used Chevrolet Malibu
1,256 Great Deals out of 77,876 listings starting at $1,500
Used Toyota Prius
356 Great Deals out of 19,055 listings starting at $1,500
Used Toyota Tacoma
566 Great Deals out of 42,425 listings starting at $2,999

Used Cars For Sale

2018 Toyota Camry LE For Sale
5,096 listings starting at $21,464
2017 Toyota Camry LE For Sale
17 Great Deals out of 10,534 listings starting at $13,991
2016 Toyota Camry LE For Sale
38 Great Deals out of 1,562 listings starting at $11,874
2015 Toyota Camry LE For Sale
31 Great Deals out of 1,364 listings starting at $9,500
2014 Toyota Camry LE For Sale
79 Great Deals out of 2,023 listings starting at $7,950

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.