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#2462370 - 02/19/12 06:42 AM Valve cover gaskets, easy?
atownstarz Offline
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Registered: 07/07/09
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Easy enough to do at home?
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#2462375 - 02/19/12 07:29 AM Re: Valve cover gaskets, easy? [Re: atownstarz]
QuicksterP71 Offline
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Registered: 02/05/11
Posts: 2114
Loc: Ma.
LOL not so easy. you can still do it yourself but it will be lots of work.

this should help you out.

http://www.idmsvcs.com/2vmod/valvecovers/removereinstall/rh/index.html

http://www.idmsvcs.com/2vmod/valvecovers/removereinstall/lh/index.html
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#2462495 - 02/19/12 10:47 AM Re: Valve cover gaskets, easy? [Re: atownstarz]
Terry B Offline
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Loc: Seattle, WA

I followed the procedure in the link above. Some people have said they can get the passenger side valve cover off without removing the A/C evaporator assembly. Since I was changing the A/C compressor, the system was discharged anyway, so I did it the hard way, lol. The guys that get the cover off without removing the evaporator talk about twisting, and bending the cover to get it off. That made me nervous, lol

here is the pic when finally ready to reassemble my passenger side leak repair..



and then after;



take lots of pics and read the link above a few times and get everything ready. You will be removing a lot, so think of anything else you may need.

Good luck
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#2463530 - 02/20/12 02:57 PM Re: Valve cover gaskets, easy? [Re: atownstarz]
TheShadow Offline
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Registered: 05/01/07
Posts: 1366
Loc: SoCal High Desert
Regarding RH cover: It's much easier to remove without taking off the evap box by removing the two RH motor mount bolts (one through-bolt and one on top by the exhaust manifold) and jacking the motor up to let it pivot on the LH mount. A couple of inches and your life has just been made a whole lot easier. Also take off the wiper tray to give some more room to place the Evap valve out of the way.
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#2464730 - 02/21/12 10:43 PM Re: Valve cover gaskets, easy? [Re: atownstarz]
StealthBomber Offline
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Registered: 06/08/10
Posts: 106
Loc: Newport Beach Ca.
The shop that I had Time-sert my #3 plug quoted me $400 to replace both valve cover gaskets. Considering what a PITA it appears to be that dosen't seem too bad. I'm sure I could do it myself, I just don't think I want to.
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#2464739 - 02/21/12 10:56 PM Re: Valve cover gaskets, easy? [Re: atownstarz]
NGreen0807 Offline
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Registered: 08/17/09
Posts: 2700
Loc: Rock Hill, NY
^^^^^ really?

That job is worth $400 to you? Jeeze I wish I were closer. I'd come do it for $50 and a case of beer.

If you aren't willing to do it yourself then paying someone else isn't the end of the world. I just like to see people save money and tackle things themselves.

And thats coming from me... I make my living off people who don't feel like doing work on their cars.

Don't fear the wrench!
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#2465095 - 02/22/12 12:46 PM Re: Valve cover gaskets, easy? [Re: atownstarz]
JasonJ Offline
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Registered: 09/07/11
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Loc: Michigan
worst you could do is try it. if all else fails put what you have back together and take it in. you arent really going to make it worse.
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#2465416 - 02/22/12 07:35 PM Re: Valve cover gaskets, easy? [Re: NGreen0807]
Chevyguy Offline
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Registered: 01/04/04
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Loc: Winchester Mass
Originally Posted By: NGreen0807
^^^^^ really?

That job is worth $400 to you? Jeeze I wish I were closer. I'd come do it for $50 and a case of beer.

If you aren't willing to do it yourself then paying someone else isn't the end of the world. I just like to see people save money and tackle things themselves.

And thats coming from me... I make my living off people who don't feel like doing work on their cars.

Don't fear the wrench!


I just can't stomach paying to get stuff fixed so I find a way to do it.

I took the covers off the Lincoln a few times now, but I confirmed with Quicksters car the Lincoln has more room between the engine and evap/firewall than a Same year Vic

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#2465453 - 02/22/12 08:07 PM Re: Valve cover gaskets, easy? [Re: JasonJ]
124neta Offline
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Registered: 04/03/09
Posts: 4398
Loc: Crook County, IL
Originally Posted By: JasonJ
worst you could do is try it. if all else fails put what you have back together and take it in. you arent really going to make it worse.


X2

The passenger side it a [censored]. I felt like giving up on it after a while, but very satisfying when you finally get it back on.
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#2465472 - 02/22/12 08:25 PM Re: Valve cover gaskets, easy? [Re: atownstarz]
NGreen0807 Offline
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Registered: 08/17/09
Posts: 2700
Loc: Rock Hill, NY
If you can get it out. You can get it back in.

Patience guys. It's doable.
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1999 CVPI. TR3650, tiny turbo, Ect.
2004 LX

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#2465513 - 02/22/12 09:08 PM Re: Valve cover gaskets, easy? [Re: atownstarz]
dubch87 Offline
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Registered: 04/24/08
Posts: 369
Loc: Raleigh, N.C.
This is something I want to do during my PI intake manifold install, since I have a leaking grommet on the passenger side.

With the whole freakin manifold out of the way, there should be enough room to take the cover off without removing the evaporator, right?! Or will I still hit the evaporator trying to lift the cover and clear the cam gear?
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#2465839 - 02/23/12 10:06 AM Re: Valve cover gaskets, easy? [Re: NGreen0807]
wayfastwhitey Offline
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Registered: 05/14/09
Posts: 766
Loc: Clearfield, UT (job corps)
Originally Posted By: NGreen0807
^^^^^ really?

That job is worth $400 to you? Jeeze I wish I were closer. I'd come do it for $50 and a case of beer.

If you aren't willing to do it yourself then paying someone else isn't the end of the world. I just like to see people save money and tackle things themselves.

And thats coming from me... I make my living off people who don't feel like doing work on their cars.

Don't fear the wrench!


this^^^^
my 92 had rocker issues on the r/h side so the cover came off a few times and i never pulled the evap box, but it was a tight fit, i think if there had been less room i would have went after the motor mount first, but be prepared to fight the cover gasket during reassembly...
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#2466560 - 02/24/12 01:35 AM Re: Valve cover gaskets, easy? [Re: atownstarz]
BlaineB Offline
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Registered: 09/21/06
Posts: 4183
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Don't scare this guy. I didn't even remove the 2 fuel lines from the fuel rail and was still able to snake the valve cover on through. Only tore the insulation on the A/C box in a small location. Removed the passenger side coils, unplugged all 8 injectors and coils, removed all of the wiring harnesses out of the way...

You will have a few scraped knuckles but nothing to be too worried about.

The passenger side is more of a hassle but the driver side is a complete piece of cake.


Edited by BlaineB (02/24/12 01:36 AM)

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#2466566 - 02/24/12 01:46 AM Re: Valve cover gaskets, easy? [Re: BlaineB]
wayfastwhitey Offline
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Registered: 05/14/09
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Originally Posted By: BlaineB
Don't scare this guy. I didn't even remove the 2 fuel lines from the fuel rail and was still able to snake the valve cover on through. Only tore the insulation on the A/C box in a small location. Removed the passenger side coils, unplugged all 8 injectors and coils, removed all of the wiring harnesses out of the way...

You will have a few scraped knuckles but nothing to be too worried about.

The passenger side is more of a hassle but the driver side is a complete piece of cake.


my story is identical to yours except i didnt remove anything other than the valve cover, i didnt mess with any injectors or any wiring... i just damaged the wrap on the evap box, but unless you were looking for it you couldnt tell
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Current ride :
flip flops

Previous panthers:
92 lincoln town car signature series - murdered out
95 lincoln town car signature series - lets just say, yeah, I know what the pit can do to the front of a car...
97 Lincoln town car signature series - paid 625 and due to some unfortunate circumstances I had to sell it

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#2466825 - 02/24/12 02:17 PM Re: Valve cover gaskets, easy? [Re: atownstarz]
BlaineB Offline
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Registered: 09/21/06
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I don't think you can really do anything to stop tearing the insulation on that box, it just depends on how much it tears..minimal tearing is the goal wink

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