How to Change Valve Cover Gaskets

Have you ever needed to change your valve cover gasket? Luckily, there is a simple guide that will assist you in doing so.

Steps

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    Pull all wires and vacuum hoses away from the valve cover top.
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    Make sure to remember where all of the hoses and vacuum hoses were connected. Some people like to snap a picture before they disconnect the wires and hoses.
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    Unbolt the bolts that hold the valve cover down with a 14 inch (0.6 cm) drive ratchet.
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    Lift the valve cover carefully to contain debris from falling into valves and springs.
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    Pull off old gasket and clean the valve cover in degreaser or hot soapy water.
    • You could use a wire brush and a 5 gallon (18.9 L) bucket.
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    Use a dab and a permatex every 6 inches (15.2 cm) on the valve cover groove. Gently seat the new gasket in its groove and let it sit for about 10 minutes.
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    Gently move the valve cover back in position. Tighten the bolts that hold the valve cover down to the torque specification.
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    Reconnect all the hoses and wires that were disconnected.

Tips

  • If these steps don't work, are too difficult, or take up too much time, you could have a professional change your valve cover gasket for you.

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