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Old 12/10/2005, 10:56 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Replacing valve cover

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Can anyone tell me what is involved with swapping out the valve cover? I have no problem with selling my valve cover to howdyfolk, but I am not looking to create a bunch of ass-pain for myself trying to do it. I am assuming it is pretty straightforward to replace the valve cover and gasket, but if anyone has done the job before I'd love to hear about any potential difficulties.

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Old 12/10/2005, 03:23 PM   #2 (permalink)
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its a fairly straightforward procedure. i think 6 bolts, and 2 little hoses. the only tricky part is getting the little rubber grommet out of the left side of the cover. then you have to work it a little bit to get it back on and get the 2 hoses back in.
youre lookin at like 10 min, tops.
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Old 12/11/2005, 07:43 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Lets just say 20 minutes to be safe.
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Old 12/11/2005, 08:09 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Lets just say 20 minutes to be safe.
you must not work on your car that much
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Old 12/11/2005, 08:25 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Evertime I think something is gonna take five minutes, it ends up taking ten. My car is an 01 and has never had anything removed. when I go to remove bolts they are always seized up and corroded. I am just now swapping it all out and cleaning her up. It only has 50,000 miles on it, but fucking salt trucks are an invention of the devil.
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Old 12/12/2005, 01:44 PM   #6 (permalink)
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you must not work on your car that much
Couldn't do anything to the engine and remain in STS. Other than a CAI.

I did it to my BMW 320i about 15 years ago. Took a lot longer than I expected as there were a few things in the way, and I didn't get a good seal with the gasket, so it ran a little rough afterwards.
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Old 12/12/2005, 02:42 PM   #7 (permalink)
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remember that you won't be able to reuse the gasket.
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Old 12/12/2005, 02:55 PM   #8 (permalink)
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You need a new valve cover gasket set.

After unbolting all the bolts of the valve cover, and removing all the hoses the valve cover gasket will fuse the valve cover to the head. You simply need a 2x4 and a rubber mallet to dislodge the valve cover off of the head.

It's really very straight foward and nothing to be scared of. Just DO NOT overtorque your bolts and follow the Factory Service Manual's specifications to tighten your bolts down in inch pounds. If you overtighten your bolts, the valve cover will bend very easily and it will leak, forever.
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Old 12/12/2005, 03:10 PM   #9 (permalink)
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The hardest part for me was getting the old gasket out without bending the flange, but mine seemed to be welded in there. Still, it took 10 minutes tops.
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Old 12/12/2005, 05:16 PM   #10 (permalink)
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The hardest part for me was getting the old gasket out without bending the flange, but mine seemed to be welded in there. Still, it took 10 minutes tops.
I use a pick set to get the old ones out.
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Old 12/12/2005, 05:50 PM   #11 (permalink)
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For what itís worthÖ

A few years ago I loaned one of my extra valve covers to a member so he could get his cover chrome plated.

He didnít use my instructions to remove his valve coverÖ.

He used a 2x4 and a mallet to remove his cover, and instead of getting his chromed he sent mine in and sent me back his DENTED IN cover.

A dented cover is a worthless thing for a show car.
A 2x4 is not a proper tool to use on your car.

I have had my valve covers on and off many times and donít replace the gasket unless it is hard or cracked (only one time)

Much of what gets passed around on this board is pure crap. Sorry about that if I hurt your feelings but thatís the way I see it.

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Old 12/12/2005, 05:59 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Using a hard sharp instrument to remove your gasket leaves scratches in the metal that can become paths for the oil to leak through. Soaking a rubber gasket in break fluid will soften it and then you can remove it by hand or with an orange stick. A hard brittle gasket is an indication that you are running your engine bay too hot.
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Old 12/12/2005, 06:07 PM   #13 (permalink)
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For what itís worthÖ

A few years ago I loaned one of my extra valve covers to a member so he could get his cover chrome plated.

He didnít use my instructions to remove his valve coverÖ.

He used a 2x4 and a mallet to remove his cover, and instead of getting his chromed he sent mine in and sent me back his DENTED IN cover.

A dented cover is a worthless thing for a show car.
A 2x4 is not a proper tool to use on your car.

I have had my valve covers on and off many times and donít replace the gasket unless it is hard or cracked (only one time)

Much of what gets passed around on this board is pure crap. Sorry about that if I hurt your feelings but thatís the way I see it.
According to the FSM, they use a wooden block to remove your lower oil pan.



I've taken off quite a few valve covers in my day using this method, and even my valve cover is coated, yet I have never dented a single one. You might want to use a rubber hammer and a softer hand next time you try to remove a valve cover of your own.
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Using a hard sharp instrument to remove your gasket leaves scratches in the metal that can become paths for the oil to leak through. Soaking a rubber gasket in break fluid will soften it and then you can remove it by hand or with an orange stick. A hard brittle gasket is an indication that you are running your engine bay too hot.
With a steady hand, using the pics to stab into enough of the gasket to get a better grip on it than with your fingers works out quite a bit better. Most, if not all Eclipse, Galant and Stratus valve covers that I've moved in this hot state of Florida have hard brittle head gaskets after about 3-4 years.
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Old 12/13/2005, 09:27 AM   #15 (permalink)
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I actually used a rubber mallet to break my valve cover loose, but a 2x4 would work the same, it's not like you have to pound on it, just a few light raps and it breaks free. I'll agree with Tearstone, being here in Oklahoma, where the temps are consistantly over 95 degrees in the summer, all the valve cover gaskets I've seen are brittle.
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Old 12/13/2005, 11:28 AM   #16 (permalink)
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