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Old 09-05-2003, 03:14 PM   #1
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Default valve cover gaskets... whos done it?

Just wondering if anybody out there has replaced their valve cover gaskets. If so any advice would be appreciated.

I have a DOHC 98 legacy GT wagon

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Old 09-05-2003, 06:03 PM   #2
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My father and I did the valve cover gaskets on our MY92 Legacy. There are 3 screws on one bank of the engine and 3 on the other, yours may vary due to it being a 2.5L. Taking them off was a little hard on the driver side. We had to tilt the valve cover between the head and the frame, and take took a breather hose to remove the cover.

Look at the gaskets closely and make sure you put them on the right covers. One side of the gasket may be flat while the other side is rounder. I think the flatter side goes on the cover while the rounder side contacts with the cylinder head, but I'm not sure if all valve cover gaskets are made the same way. The gaskets will be shaped a certain way so don't think it's defective. Put a little oil on the gaskets.

What I did was I put some motor oil on the valve cover and rotated the cover around to get the oil to lube the cracks before putting the gasket on. Put the gasket on the cover than screw it back onto the head.

I hope I don't miss anything, if I do, someone feel free to add more.

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Old 09-05-2003, 07:00 PM   #3
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they are not to bad, a little pain to get them out.

the bottom back bolts on the DOHC are hard to get to as they are very clost to the cross member.

IIRC you will have 6 boltd on each side.

dont forget to replace all the seals on the bolts as well.

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Old 09-05-2003, 08:59 PM   #4
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Aren't the cover bolts only tightened to 4.3 foot pounds?
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Old 09-05-2003, 09:22 PM   #5
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dont forget to replace all the seals on the bolts as well.

Jay
yea! Don't forget about those! We forgot about those and had to take the covers off again. Thanks Jay!

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Old 09-07-2003, 09:13 PM   #6
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well I did the fix and so far so good. It was not that hard to do, the bolts took me a little while to get on and off but other than that it is just replacing rubber gaskets.

If any body has any questions let me know.

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