2002 Toyota 4Runner 3.4 SR5 2WD with 203800K First Timing belt at 92K Well taken care of with dealer servicing.
Had private mechanic do Timing Belt (Gates), water pump (import direct), (Fel-Pro) valve cover gaskets, upper intake gaskets, new (Gates) serpentine belts, plugs n wires (NGK Iridium) etc. ALL O’Reilly store bought. Work done a couple of weeks ago.
Now every time I exit the vehicle I smell oil burning.
Told the mechanic about it and he said the old leak left oil all around the engine area and it is still dripping down onto the exhaust and that is why I am smelling oil burning. He said to keep an eye on the oil level to see if it drops low. I keep checking it but it looks like it is at or near the full line (during a Hot oil check). Should I check it cold in the morning?
Problem is that the oil smell is getting worse and I think in time the dip stick is going to show a serious loss. Then the other day I happen to lay under and have a look see and saw clean oil on the tranny bell housing.
Oil is leaking from somewhere and it’s not the old stuff. The color is light and clean like the new oil on the dip stick.
Now I am wondering - do the gaskets need to be re-torqued after so many miles?
or could one of the bolts be loose or what?
What do you think? I hate a vehicle that leaks oil.
Now I trust the mechanic because he’s done a lot of other jobs on it and there has never been a problem. Ball joints, shocks, bushings, rotors etc. So I don’t want to insult him by second guessing his work. That is why I’m asking you first.
Thanks for all responses.