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Old 05-01-2007, 08:30 PM
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tips on replacing valve covers gasket

I started to take apart the engine of my project truck (93 Dodge Dakota V6) and i need to replave the valve cover gasket. I have never done this kind of mechanic work but i want to give it a try, don't think its that hard. Anyone have any tips?
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I started to take apart the engine of my project truck (93 Dodge Dakota V6) and i need to replave the valve cover gasket. I have never done this kind of mechanic work but i want to give it a try, don't think its that hard. Anyone have any tips?
Any help will be appreciated
Take your time.
Clean the top of the engine...
When removing the old ones, use a gasket scraper to get it all off.
DON'T LET ANY FALL INTO THE ENGINE.
Don't over tighten the bolts with the new gasket.
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Take your time.
Clean the top of the engine...
When removing the old ones, use a gasket scraper to get it all off.
DON'T LET ANY FALL INTO THE ENGINE.
Don't over tighten the bolts with the new gasket.
hmm gotta get me a gasket scraper(i guess its specialized to not damage the metal!?!)
i got the gasket and some type of sealer that come in a bottle. Autopart store said they recommend it b/c it helps prevent leaks.

Thanks for the tips. Today i clean the whole engine bay with some degreaser. But still need to give it some scrubing. Around the valve covers its filled with gunk.from the oil that was leaking out
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hmm gotta get me a gasket scraper(i guess its specialized to not damage the metal!?!)
i got the gasket and some type of sealer that come in a bottle. Autopart store said they recommend it b/c it helps prevent leaks.

Thanks for the tips. Today i clean the whole engine bay with some degreaser. But still need to give it some scrubing. Around the valve covers its filled with gunk.from the oil that was leaking out

you can use a Stright Razor too, just be carefull not to cut yerself.

Also, If you have to remove any lines/wires to access the covers LABEL THEM.....LOL
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Also, If you have to remove any lines/wires to access the covers LABEL THEM.....LOL
This can't be said enough times. LABEL every connection you remove, and put a NUMBER on the label. That way when its all disconnected, you will know how many connections have to go back on and not miss any. Yes.... this is experience talking.
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This can't be said enough times. LABEL every connection you remove, and put a NUMBER on the label. That way when its all disconnected, you will know how many connections have to go back on and not miss any. Yes.... this is experience talking.

LOL

I never would have expected that from you....
So, was it the TB?
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LOL

I never would have expected that from you....
So, was it the TB?
lol
i'm guessing he is talking about the GMC pickup he bought recently
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i'm guessing he is talking about the GMC pickup he bought recently
Nope! neither one. It was the BMW. That car was a big mass of wires and sensors. The first time I played with it, it took me a week to get it back the right way. So the second time I labeled everything, and took pics from every angle so I could get it back together. BMW 7 series just aren't meant to be worked on by the average shade tree mechanic!!
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I started to take apart the engine of my project truck (93 Dodge Dakota V6) and i need to replave the valve cover gasket. I have never done this kind of mechanic work but i want to give it a try, don't think its that hard. Anyone have any tips?
Any help will be appreciated
Its not hard at all!

Take pics / label/ sketch if you have to before you take start taking things apart. Electrical connectors are fairly easy to put back in their place during reassembly, but vacuum lines can really suck, esp. if the diagram under the hood is missing.

Use compressed air to remove debris from the valve cover area before removal. The canned stuff for cleaning computers works in a pinch.

A mini grinder w/ 2" discs will work best to get the old gasket(s) off. Some people dont agree with this method because of the possibility of debris getting into the motor when cleaning the stuff of the head, but it ensures clean mating surfaces. If you dont have access or dont agree with my method, a gasket scraper will do. Just make sure its clean.

I use the permatex red tacky stuff to hold the gasket to the valve cover during re-installation. I also put bolts in opposite corners of the cover and hold them there during re-installation. This assures the gasket didnt move and is properly aligned before putting the rest of the bolts in..

If you run into any problems just ask. Good luck!
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Its not hard at all!

Take pics / label/ sketch if you have to before you take start taking things apart. Electrical connectors are fairly easy to put back in their place during reassembly, but vacuum lines can really suck, esp. if the diagram under the hood is missing.

Use compressed air to remove debris from the valve cover area before removal. The canned stuff for cleaning computers works in a pinch.

A mini grinder w/ 2" discs will work best to get the old gasket(s) off. Some people dont agree with this method because of the possibility of debris getting into the motor when cleaning the stuff of the head, but it ensures clean mating surfaces. If you dont have access or dont agree with my method, a gasket scraper will do. Just make sure its clean.

I use the permatex red tacky stuff to hold the gasket to the valve cover during re-installation. I also put bolts in opposite corners of the cover and hold them there during re-installation. This assures the gasket didnt move and is properly aligned before putting the rest of the bolts in..

If you run into any problems just ask. Good luck!
First of all thanks for the tips.
Today i removed them and couldn't belive what i saw
The cover has 8 bolts and not even 1 was tight!! They were all LOOSE! I mean i removed them by simply using my hand, w/o any tool no wonder it was leaking oil like crazy
The gasket was relatively easy to remove. I used a new razor,lifted one end and then it just came out w/ ease. I was impressed. I taught i was going to have a hard time removing it.
Want to thank everyone that helped. Every tip you guys gave me already came in use or its going to come in use
Took some pics,here they are

this is after i clean them

and before i cleaned them

decided to paint the valve cover since i have them off.


and for those who don't know this is kinda how its going to look when its finished. Its going to be green but with a custom paint job and with out all those crazy designs. But i want to get similar rims, going to be lifted. well basically its going to look like that except the paint. So excited
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