Toyota GR86 Engine & Oil Leak Problems

Class Action Investigation

By Brian Jones | Updated on

By Brian Jones | Updated on

Lemberg Law is investigating complaints that the 2022 Toyota GR86 has an engine problem caused by its RTV silicone gasket. Vehicle owners report that the RTV sealant gets into the oil, clogs the filter, and causes engine failure. 

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Does the Toyota GR86 Have Engine Problems?

There are major problems with the 2022 Toyota GR86 that have resulted in engines failing. There are also reports of vehicles exploding into flames after the engine has blown up. The culprit isn’t the engine itself. It’s the RTV silicone gasket that leaks sealant into the oil of the vehicle.

Complaints filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) describe some of these catastrophic events. There are also numerous online reports and social media comments that highlight the issue.

One of the many social media comments rocketed the 2022 GR86 into the headlines in July. Blake Alvarado shared his experience on social media when Toyota refused to honor his warranty. Toyota based its refusal on the fact that Alvarado had taken his car to an autocross event. They claimed the car had been abused, producing pictures posted on social media as evidence.

At first, the powers at Toyota dug their heels in. But within weeks, they changed their minds. According to an article in The Drive, Toyota has now undertaken to “rebuild” the engine and ensure that the sealant will be applied “precisely to spec.”

The GR86 is marketed as a sports car, with Toyota boasting it has a “renewed commitment to sports car engineering.” In their U.S. press release dated June 2, 2021, the company boasts that the all-new GR86 has been “track-tested” and “pro-driver approved.” This earns it a Gazoo Racing badge.

Alvarado’s comment to The Drive is that he was glad he won’t be punished for using his car as it is marketed.

What’s Wrong with the Engine in the Toyota GR86?

Many owners of the 2022 Toyota GR86 are experiencing major issues. These all involve excess RTV sealant that is used on the oil pan and timing cover getting into the oil. This can clog the oil pickup tube and filter, which restricts oil flow causing oil starvation in the engine. This can cause premature motor failure and catastrophic events.

Owners of the 2022 Subaru BRZ are experiencing the same engine problems. It is no secret that Toyota owns close to 20% of Subaru and that it is Subaru’s largest single shareholder. Additionally, the GR86 and BRZ have the same engine and are regarded as “near-twins.”

There are a growing number of NHTSA complaints about the RTV sealant/engine issue affecting the BRZ.

NHTSA Complaints About the Toyota GR86

The first complaint is dramatic, stating that the driver of the GR86 “was at a complete stop when the vehicle exploded into flames.”

Fortunately, the driver “was able to exit the vehicle safely before the vehicle was completely destroyed. The fire department arrived on the scene and extinguished the fire. The police arrived on the scene and filed a report. The vehicle was towed to the dealer, then towed to a body shop for investigation. There was no medical treatment on the scene.”

The driver of the vehicle “experienced smoke inhalation and reported to the emergency the following day.” Blood tests were carried out on the driver at the scene. The approximate failure mileage was 6,700.

A more recent complaint is from someone who is part of a national GR86 owners’ group on Facebook who are experiencing problems.

He says that they are all “ experiencing problems with the RTV silicone gasket that sits between the oil pan and the engine. It is breaking off and clogging the oil mesh net and the pump, causing the engine to starve for oil resulting in complete engine failure. And in the case of one 86 in California, the engine blew up and caught fire.”

He cites the case of Blake Alvarado “that has gotten a lot of attention on social media, where the owner was using it on the track which was an authorized Toyota track day.”

“The engine oil pump was blocked by RTV break off. Blocked the pump, starved the engine and it blew up and failed.

“Many owners have been recently encountering these issues. but with various end results. But the cause remains the same. I am asking you guys at NHTSA to issue a recall notice to Toyota for this issue.”

What Should You Do if Your Toyota GR86 Has Issues?

Lemberg Law is currently investigating complaints about the 2022 Toyota GR86 and the engine issues that owners are experiencing. If your RTV silicone gasket is causing the sealant to leak into the oil of your vehicle, you may have a lemon.

If you want to join our class action investigation, give us a call at 844-928-4443 or complete our case evaluation form. Our services are free. The law states that Toyota must pay all legal bills for lemon law cases.

Brian Jones

About the Author:

Brian Jones spent more than 20 years working as an ASE Certified Master Tech and Parts Specialist at multiple dealerships. Brian has become an authority in the industry, traveling across the country to consult for car dealerships and contributing his expertise as a writer for several major automotive publications. In his spare time, Brian enjoys working on pickup trucks, muscle cars, Jeeps and anything related to motorsports.

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