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Old 04-28-2004, 11:26 AM   #1
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Default Tips for Changing Valve Cover Gaskets

My '96 OB 2.5l Auto (235K miles) is spewing oil, and the culprit looks to be leaking valve cover gaskets, (not the oil pump / cam seals this time, thankfully), and before I jump into this job myself (previously had oil leaks fixed by dealer(s)), I was wondering if someone could comment on:

1) What parts are needed? The parts available seem to include more than the left / right gaskets (i.e. small gaskets, plug seals, etc.). Do I need the entire litany, or just the "main" parts?

2) How difficult is this to perform? Having just done the plug/wires, I now know what interference is needed to be removed to simplify that job. Similarly, what is recommended to facilitate the gasket replacement?

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Old 04-28-2004, 04:05 PM   #2
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I'm thinking put it on ramps, and get at it from underneath. There's not really too much in the way. Looks like it's just drain the oil, disconnect the breather hoses, and pull three bolts per side. Covers should come right off. Clean em up, put your new gaskets in, button it all back up and refill the oil.
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Old 04-29-2004, 01:56 AM   #3
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One little easy to do thing. If you have a torq wrench and a Tech book around, torq all the bolts to spec. Then if it still leaks, the problem might not be your valve cover. BTW, dont forget to put Permatex ( or equivalent ) around the vavle cover Exactly where the gasket is going to be. Have fun!
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