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Old 08-31-2009, 02:35 AM
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valve cover removal?

I am painting my valve cover tomorrow, all i do to remove it is;

take off spark plug cover, remove plugs and wires, and undo the few screws holdin it on correct? no gaskets or anything? just getting ready and making sure i am correct befor i do the job, thanks guys =)
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Re: valve cover removal?

there are alternator wires that go over top of the valve cover too. there is a valve cover gasket...you can reuse it if you want but it wouldnt hurt to replace it.
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Re: valve cover removal?

Yeah plus its a tight fit, at the right rear part of it where the alternator wires come over the valve cover.
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Re: valve cover removal?

I just did mine last week. You don't have to remove the spark plugs. Remove the following:

Plug wires
Pull the PCV vale out
Pull a vacumm tube from the air intake to the valve cover
5 x 10mm nuts for the valve cover
Ground wire (1 x 10mm nut) on the right hand side of the valve cover
Lift the valve cover slowly to avoid ripping the gaskets if you want to reuse
Remove all the gaskets before painting
PAINT
Clean the surfaces where the gaskets come in contact before putting everything back
Lube the gaskets a tiny bit on the surface
Put all the nuts back
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Re: valve cover removal?

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I just did mine last week. You don't have to remove the spark plugs. Remove the following:

Plug wires
Pull the PCV vale out
Pull a vacumm tube from the air intake to the valve cover
5 x 10mm nuts for the valve cover
Ground wire (1 x 10mm nut) on the right hand side of the valve cover
Lift the valve cover slowly to avoid ripping the gaskets if you want to reuse
Remove all the gaskets before painting
PAINT
Clean the surfaces where the gaskets come in contact before putting everything back
Lube the gaskets a tiny bit on the surface
Put all the nuts back
simple enough, what do i lube them with...grease or silicone/wd40
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Re: valve cover removal?

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simple enough, what do i lube them with...grease or silicone/wd40
its a gasket silicone, you use
look for it at your local autozone
No wd40!! lol
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Re: valve cover removal?

i used engine oil just to keep the gasket soft. Mechanics use the high heat silicone around the corners for better seal. I didn't have any, so i just used engine oil. Just make sure you clean the surface around corners. And don't tight the valve cover nuts too tight, otherwise you might snap the bolt.
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i used engine oil just to keep the gasket soft. Mechanics use the high heat silicone around the corners for better seal. I didn't have any, so i just used engine oil. Just make sure you clean the surface around corners. And don't tight the valve cover nuts too tight, otherwise you might snap the bolt.
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Re: valve cover removal?

make sure you use some type of sealent in the corners of the cam humps because that will be your first place to leak if you don't, i recomend hondabond, but a high temp silicone will work too
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Re: valve cover removal?

thanks guys, my friend is stopping and getting gasket silicone for me =)

also, i ran into a problem xD i cant pull the cover off o.0 do i use a screw driver as a crow bar? or do i just keep tugging on it till it comes off
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Re: valve cover removal?

for that altinater wire, do i remove the wire from the alt, or just leave it connected and move it?
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Re: valve cover removal?

Use a small flat head screw driver. Don't push inward too much or you'll damage the gasket.

Remove the ground wire where it's connected at the valve cover. That's easier than going down to the alt.
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Re: valve cover removal?

i did remove the ground wire, on mine there are 2 wires going from the alt over the valve cover, do i remove those from the alt, or just move them
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Re: valve cover removal?

Oh, there's a 10mm screw holding that wire down behind the valve cover. Once you remove that screw, the plastic cover will lift the wire along with it upward about 10cm. You can then slide the valve cover out and up.
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Re: valve cover removal?

ok thanks ! =)

cant wait to post pics of my old vs new paint!
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Re: valve cover removal?

still no luck with the plastic thing, the timing belt is in the way, should i just remove it fro mthe alt?
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Re: valve cover removal?

did you atleast get the plastic cover to move? If it does move up, you can force it out.
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Re: valve cover removal?

got off! washing and then painting thanks for the help guys!!!
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Re: valve cover removal?

almost done painting it!!! yey! i skiped the air craft remover step because i kept it the same color but im adding paint to the letterings so i only cleaned it and sanded then painted =)
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ok, so we are done painting it......looks bad ass! i will post pictures when it is installed! thanks guys for all the help =)
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i just use silicone
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Re: valve cover removal?

i used high heat red silicone, it worked good however next time i remove it i will need a new gasket xD i put it on the gasket DOH!!!
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Re: valve cover removal?

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I am painting my valve cover tomorrow, all i do to remove it is;

take off spark plug cover, remove plugs and wires, and undo the few screws holdin it on correct? no gaskets or anything? just getting ready and making sure i am correct befor i do the job, thanks guys =)

so what color you using for the valve cover? i just painted mine last week with VHT Red, and that motherf**ker came out bad ass, came out just like the type S,
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