NEED ADVICE - Toyota Corolla Timing Cover Leak

Toyota tech/adviser suspects a possible timing cover leak. Minimal oil seepage noticed. Wants to fix it under warranty.

Here's one for you Scotty since you're a big Toyota fan and for whoever wants to chime in.

I took my 2013 Toyota Corolla that has 56K miles into the dealership solely to do the Takata airbag recall. Went home and got a call a few hours later from my service adviser that the work was finished. However, he let me know that he suspects a possible timing cover issue because there's oil seepage around the lower part of the timing cover near the timing chain tensioner and crank pulley. He pointed it out to me in the parking lot. All I saw was a single bolt covered in oil residue. He said the dealership will replace the timing cover gasket at no cost because my car is still covered under the powertrain warranty up to 60K miles. He also said it's a "known" issue with this engine and wants to take care of it before it becomes a problem.

As far as I know, my car is in tip top shape. I change the oil/filter with synthetic oil religiously every 5K miles/six months. No oil loss in between changes. Car runs perfectly fine. I'd say a good 60% or more of the miles are from highway use. What I'm worried about is not about the cost but to have unnecessary work done to my car that poses a greater risk of doing more harm than good. I understand it's a big job just to fix something so minuscule or something that may be completely normal. I'm just at a crossroads on what to do. I don't want to have to come back to the dealership (naturally when the warranty expires) because of issues they may have created from this job at my cost. I attached some photos to clarify what they believe is something that would be an "issue" shortly in the future.

Thank you for your opinions and advice! Cheers.

"Timing chain tensioner area at the lower part of the timing cover"

"Bolt next to timing chain tensioner/crank pulley that was pointed out to me by the service adviser"

Comments (6)
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lynn1
lynn1

I just came back from having airbag recall done (also 2013 Corolla) and they told me the same thing! What is going on? The car only has 32,000 miles on it. It seems to be running perfectly and they also quote 2100 for this repair! This seems like a toyota issue with the 2013 Corolla. What should I do?

Macky
Macky

Same exact thing happened to me. And they are gonna charge me for $2300. Insane.

Badolly54
Badolly54

I was told I had the same exact issue with my 2013 corolla after taking it in for the airbag recall. Except I dont have a warranty and it will cost $2200! Whats up?

klinton1696
klinton1696

$2,200?? That's insane! Well, I have the extended warranty for my Corolla up to 75k miles. I didn't let the adviser know that though. I feel like he just wanted to throw the techs a bone by giving them warranty work to do. I cleaned up the area with brake clean and noted the mileage. I'll be keeping an eye on it every oil change and see how bad this "issue" is. If I feel it's something that should be taken care of, I'll take it to the dealership where I actually bought the car at and purchased the warranty from to get another opinion. I just went to this recent dealership solely because it's close to where I live and just wanted the recall done. I feel like this condition is normal. It's just very minor seepage which I see on engines all the time. If it was leaking, then that should warrant the timing cover tear down and reseal.

Kayzi
Kayzi

Interesting. I was told I had the same exact issue with my 2013 corolla after taking it in for the airbag recall. Except my power train warranty is up and it will cost $2200! Absolutely crazy! I've been very consistent in taking my car in every 5k as well. Not sure if it's worth it. Just seems weird that it would happen after only 5 years with really good upkeep. Any advice?

ScottyKilmer
ScottyKilmer

Editor

they fix it free, great. Just don't pay them anything and get it documented that it's free BEFORE any work