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Need Advice: Replacing Valve cover gasket

Hey guys..
I have a 5th Gen with about 85K on it.. I have someone else do the timing belt replacement for me a little more than a year ago... since then.. I have small oil leak along the valve cover gasket line.. I kinda ignore it and now it's getting worse... I need to add oil in between oil change so I decided to get the valve gasket replace..

How hard is it if I want to do it myself. What part do I need... anyone has the part no.?

I can't find any tutorial link... if you know one... let me know please..

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Re: Need Advice: Replacing Valve cover gasket

to change the vc gasket alls you will need are the vc gasket and a tube of high temp silicone. tools needed will be a 10mm socket and ratchet and some pliers.

1.) remove the spark plug cover and pop the spark plug wires off.

2.) remove all hoses from VC

3.) remove all nuts that hold the VC down

4.) remove VC and clean surface where new gasket sits on the head

5.) put a dot of silicone in the corners of the rounded part of the head and VC where your cams are

6.) replace gasket and put VC back on.

7.) hand tighten nuts in a criss cross pattern so that the gasket seats properly, do not overtighten nuts as it will cause an improper seat of the gasket.

8.) put all hoses and grounds back in their original positions.

9.) put spark plug wires back and spark plug cover back on.

10.) all done.
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Re: Need Advice: Replacing Valve cover gasket

its cake dude, so easy a cave man can do it, the hardest thing is keeping the gastet in the rib as you put it down on the head but you can pick up some rtv blue at any auto part store
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Re: Need Advice: Replacing Valve cover gasket

1BadBB6 hit the nail on the head.

but since you have an oil leak i would also look into replacing your cam seal. you can pick up a Golden Eagle Cam Seal for about $20. whatever you do do not buy an OEM replacement. the stock honda seal is plastic and it is garbage. aftermarket ones like golden eagle, skunk2, blox, etc are billet aluminum and have 3 o-rings. they are much stronger and provide a better seal.
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Re: Need Advice: Replacing Valve cover gasket

Wow... thanks for all the input guys...

So... replace the valve cover gasket and the cam seal.. and you guys are saying OEM valve cover gasket is fine but I should get the Golden eagle Cam seal... correct? Anyone has the part no.?

where is the best place to get OEM part as well as the Cam seal?

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Re: Need Advice: Replacing Valve cover gasket

Golden Eagle Cam seal
http://jdmultimate.com/golden-eagle-.../i-165214.aspx

valve cover gasket
Ishino? any good?
http://www.car-stuff.com/carparts/ho...112515806.html
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Re: Need Advice: Replacing Valve cover gasket

Do you have to remove the spark plugs themselves?

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to change the vc gasket alls you will need are the vc gasket and a tube of high temp silicone. tools needed will be a 10mm socket and ratchet and some pliers.

1.) remove the spark plug cover and pop the spark plug wires off.

2.) remove all hoses from VC

3.) remove all nuts that hold the VC down

4.) remove VC and clean surface where new gasket sits on the head

5.) put a dot of silicone in the corners of the rounded part of the head and VC where your cams are

6.) replace gasket and put VC back on.

7.) hand tighten nuts in a criss cross pattern so that the gasket seats properly, do not overtighten nuts as it will cause an improper seat of the gasket.

8.) put all hoses and grounds back in their original positions.

9.) put spark plug wires back and spark plug cover back on.

10.) all done.
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Re: Need Advice: Replacing Valve cover gasket

I believe the spark plug actually goes on to the head not the cover.. that's why there are spark plug gasket seal as well.. so.. no you don't need to unscrew the spark plug.. in fact.. leave it on so nothing fall into it.

just guessing.. anyone?

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Re: Need Advice: Replacing Valve cover gasket

By the way, does anyone know the torque spec for the valve cover bolt?
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Re: Need Advice: Replacing Valve cover gasket

im not sure of the torque spec, im sure someone will chime in soon but, as for your other question you do not need to remove the spark plugs, just the spark plug wires. you can pick up a vc gasket from advance for around 50 bucks. thats where i got mine and havent had any problems out of it (replaced two years ago).
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Perfect timing!!!!!!! i need to do this to... been putting it off for way to long
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Re: Need Advice: Replacing Valve cover gasket

yea its easy as pie to replace. i did mine when i put on my euro-R valve cover and wish i would have picked up the cam seal to do that at the same time. if there is a honda dealership near you they have "hondabond" and ask the guy at the counter he will let you know exactly where to put it and how much to use. but beware, its like $15.
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BAG EVERYTHING!!!!!. if your like me your probally like i wont lose anything, everything is toghether but sure enough it happens. do this so you dont have to ghetto fab anything.
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Re: Need Advice: Replacing Valve cover gasket

Yeah, and careful about the washers for the valve cover, they can pop off occasionally and it's a bitch to find em in the bay.

Torque it down to 8.7 foot pounds in 2 or 3 steps (per the Helm's manual)
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i always thought it was like 7 ft-lbs, but if you looked it up in the helm then i'll go with what he said.
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Here's the page. Note the sequence as well.
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Re: Need Advice: Replacing Valve cover gasket

Thank you very much!!!
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Re: Need Advice: Replacing Valve cover gasket

I just read through it.. what is "liquid gasket" and where should I apply them?
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Re: Need Advice: Replacing Valve cover gasket

bum.. can anyone tell me what liquid gasket is... and how/where should I apply 'em
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Re: Need Advice: Replacing Valve cover gasket

Liquid gasket is a sealant that will help create an oil tight seal on the gasket.



The Helms calls out for the application at these points shaded in the diagram.
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