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Old 03/27/2010, 05:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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need help changin my valve cover gasket on a 2000 eclipse gt. i took out six bolts on the valve cover and it wouldnt come off. so how exactly do i remove the valve cover?
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You need to put some muscle to it. Some members here have had success using a rubber mallot and wood block to lodge it off.
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i always use a putty knife and a hammer and lightly tap it between the cover and head then once you get through it will either pop right off or you use gentle prying, be careful not to bend the cover or dig into the head
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make sure you loosen up the two bolts on top of the timing belt cover myn got kinda stuck on it when i went to take it off....
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I'm in the same boat. All six bolts are out, and hoses disconnected, but it won't budge. Not even a millimeter. I've hammered on it quite a bit and the valve cover is denting a little bit, but it won't move. There's got to be something I'm missing here.
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You need to put some muscle to it. Some members here have had success using a rubber mallot and wood block to lodge it off.
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You need to put some muscle to it. Some members here have had success using a rubber mallot and wood block to lodge it off.
Yeah, I went that route. I even put a few dents in the cover doing it. Still nothing. Anyways, I didn't want to do it, but I used a pry bar. Actually didn't have to do much prying at all. I went in at the corner by the alternator and used the alternator bracket for leverage. It popped with almost no effort and didn't gouge either surface, which surprised me, because beating the hell out of it was getting me nowhere. I also loosed the timing belt cover as mentioned here -- I'm not sure if it made any difference.

Now on to trying to get that ancient baked on gasket off.

I got the gasket remover and brake cleaner all over my hands. Burn. All the grease and grime is gone, though! It cleaned my hands better than the valve cover.

The gasket is stuck in there good, and the tube seals aren't coming off either.
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Yeah, I went that route. I even put a few dents in the cover doing it. Still nothing. Anyways, I didn't want to do it, but I used a pry bar. Actually didn't have to do much prying at all. I went in at the corner by the alternator and used the alternator bracket for leverage. It popped with almost no effort and didn't gouge either surface, which surprised me, because beating the hell out of it was getting me nowhere. I also loosed the timing belt cover as mentioned here -- I'm not sure if it made any difference.

Now on to trying to get that ancient baked on gasket off.

I got the gasket remover and brake cleaner all over my hands. Burn. All the grease and grime is gone, though! It cleaned my hands better than the valve cover.

The gasket is stuck in there good, and the tube seals aren't coming off either.
Good job bud though I'm sure you're pretty pissed about those dents...
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i always use a putty knife and a hammer and lightly tap it between the cover and head then once you get through it will either pop right off or you use gentle prying, be careful not to bend the cover or dig into the head



Will you all please stop telling people to do stupid stuff to ther cars,

they don't know you are wrong, and might try your misguided advice and put a grove or scratch in the sealing surface of the head that a new gasket can't seal across.

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Will you all please stop telling people to do stupid stuff to ther cars,

they don't know you are wrong, and might try your misguided advice and put a grove or scratch in the sealing surface of the head that a new gasket can't seal across.
I am up to trying his advice on this, thanks for saying that this is a wrong thing to do. I guess some people really wants to give help but not so sure about the advice to give.

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I've done a couple at work recently and it will come up if you find a way to get in between the cover and head, and when u get it off it might take a while to get the old gasket that comes off in pieces from sitting in it so long.
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Yeah, I went that route. I even put a few dents in the cover doing it. Still nothing. Anyways, I didn't want to do it, but I used a pry bar. Actually didn't have to do much prying at all. I went in at the corner by the alternator and used the alternator bracket for leverage. It popped with almost no effort and didn't gouge either surface, which surprised me, because beating the hell out of it was getting me nowhere. I also loosed the timing belt cover as mentioned here -- I'm not sure if it made any difference.

Now on to trying to get that ancient baked on gasket off.

I got the gasket remover and brake cleaner all over my hands. Burn. All the grease and grime is gone, though! It cleaned my hands better than the valve cover.

The gasket is stuck in there good, and the tube seals aren't coming off either.
I had the same problem with my gasket, i used a little flat head to dig it out a little bit at a time, it comes out in pieces. just be sure to clean it up when your done so the new one can fit in there like it's sappost to. be sure not to damage the valve cover.
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I just did my valve cover gasket today. To get mine off I tapped around the edges of it with a rubber mallet, just tap tap pull a bit and repeat. The gasket was really baked in there. I had to pry a corner out with a screw drive then once i could get under it I used an old little steel pick from my computer tools bag to sliver through the rubber and loosen and it up to the point where i could peel it by hand. Took an hour and a half. Including putting the new one in. Now mine came with two gaskets..A friend of mine said something about a rear one. Is there both a front and rear valve cover gasket? Just want to make sure. But yeah the gasket's are a bitch to replace.
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had that same valve cover gasket problem when i rebuilt my engine. when i strongly took the cover off, i then used a torch and burned that gasket. it made it easier to take out.
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1. use oem gaskets the felpro are junk (mine leaked worse!)
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^ I have done roughly 8 6g7x valve cover gaskets, all using FelPro kits with absolutely no issues. I apply rtv sealant to both ends and have had no leaks on any vehicles I have worked on.
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^ I have done roughly 8 6g7x valve cover gaskets, all using FelPro kits with absolutely no issues. I apply rtv sealant to both ends and have had no leaks on any vehicles I have worked on.
I have only used Felpro once. The fitment was very bad, and the gasket was a tad to big. Went an bought OEM later the same day.
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I have only used Felpro once. The fitment was very bad, and the gasket was a tad to big. Went an bought OEM later the same day.
ya, bad experience with felpro also
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gasket too big and thin inside the channels. the oem one is thicker and proper size and same price. do it right once.
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I am brainstorming so no one run out and try this right away, But I saw the post about using a torch and thought about using an oven. Would putting it in a 200 degree oven help melt it and make it easier to remove, I know it worked to melt the glue to open headlights so maybe it would work to melt the valve cover gasket

I already replaced mine a few months ago and spent an hour or so with various cleaners digging it out piece by piece, In hindsight my gasket seemed a little thin, but I used gasket sealant and have not had any leaks since
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The rear is actually a little bit bigger than the front gasket (I think). When I did my front Valve cover I used a felpro set from autozone and when I fitted it in, one was a tad longer so I tried the other and it fits good so It guess its for the rear which I haven't done yet.

About it being thin, I used like a duck bill pliers (not sure about the name but its has like two long flat horizontal bars in its mouth) and gently squeezed the grove to fit the gasket and went around. Made sure the mating surface was flat and clean. Should've put some silicone for safety measures but it hasn't leaked since.
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