Problem with coolent loss on 96 Toyota Camry

I’ve got a 96 Toyota Camry, 4 cyl, that appears to be losing coolant. I do not see any apparent leaks. I’ve checked compression and all cylinders are 170lbs. Within the past year I’ve replaced the radiator and hoses, timing belt, water pump, etc. Within the past month I replaced the thermostat and radiator cap. I do see it bubbling in the overflow tank. Also you see vapor with the radiator cap off. I feel sure its probably a head gasket but I’m really hoping somebody is going to tell me I’m wrong! Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

I had a 95 camry 4 cyl. And yes the head gasket started leaking. You’re just at the early point of the head gasket leak. It’ll get worse.

Do the head gasket now, and prevent further damage to the engine from overheating. Or continue to drive it until the temp gauge is in the red, and it’s too late.


If it’s the head gasket, sometimes you can pull the dip stick and see “milky” oil. If the leak is very small, you won’t see anything.

The other option is that your heater core is leaking or worse, sending coolant vapor into the car through the vents. You would notice your heat and defroster are not as effective or don’t work at all.