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Old 11-14-2005, 03:43 PM   #1
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Question Valve cover gasket

Hi,
Im about to change my valve cover gasket and spark plug tube seals on my 01 forester, anything I should know before going in, anyone have instructions on how to proceed ?
Thanks,
Ryan
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Old 11-14-2005, 04:43 PM   #2
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I just did mine and no problems. Be aware that you need very little tighting force on the bolts (3.7 ft lbs I believe). One cover has a bolt on the end of the cover and one does not. There is a sequence to tighten the bolts and can't remember where I found it. www.endwrench.com has lots of info.
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Old 11-14-2005, 08:45 PM   #3
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10 mm Gearwrench. You will love it.

Take your time. It's pretty easy. And as hayes said, do not overtighten. One tip I would suggest is when you are re-installing the bolts, get them all started before you tighten one.

Oh ya, be prepared to clean up some oil. You'll be surprised at how much comes out.
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Old 11-15-2005, 12:13 PM   #4
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Default THanks for the tips

Thanks for the replies, I tried getting info on the website but could not come accross anything on the valve covers. ALso Im assuming you have to drain the engine oil before
proceeding. is there a torque spec for the tightening or do I do it by feel ?
Are the valve gaskets for the 01 forester the same for the left and right sides ?
How many rubber washers do I need ?
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Old 11-15-2005, 01:47 PM   #5
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You DO NOT need to drain the engine oil. You will need two valve cover gaskets, four spark plug O-Rings, 10 Cover bolt seals(rubber washers). Remove the air intake plumbing up to the air cleaner box and the washer fluid container for working room. You will also want a container to allow about 50 cc of oil to fall as you remove each cover ie I used an oil drain pan. Not a difficalt job at all. Just don't get in a big hurry and clean everthing before reinstalling. I think it took me about 1 & 1/2 hours including a smoke break and several stadups to straighten my old back. I believe the torque spec is 3.7 foot pounds which I did by feel with a 6 inch 1/4 ratchet. Cheers. Eddie
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You DO NOT need to drain the engine oil. You will need two valve cover gaskets, four spark plug O-Rings, 10 Cover bolt seals(rubber washers). Remove the air intake plumbing up to the air cleaner box and the washer fluid container for working room. You will also want a container to allow about 50 cc of oil to fall as you remove each cover ie I used an oil drain pan. Not a difficalt job at all. Just don't get in a big hurry and clean everthing before reinstalling. I think it took me about 1 & 1/2 hours including a smoke break and several stand-ups to straighten my old back. I believe the torque spec is 3.7 foot pounds which I did by feel with a 6 inch 1/4 ratchet. Cheers. Eddie
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Old 11-16-2005, 03:42 PM   #7
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thanks hayes, very helpful.
Im confident of fixing it this weekend
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