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ENGINE COVER

Hi guys. i would like to know how to remove the engine cover (the part that says dohc vtec on it) so i can paint it. if possible can i get the pictures to all the bolts i need to remove and i also have a problem three of the bolts on the head broke. smh :((
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Hi guys. i would like to know how to remove the engine cover (the part that says dohc vtec on it) so i can paint it. if possible can i get the pictures to all the bolts i need to remove and i also have a problem three of the bolts on the head broke. smh :((
What... the bolts are broken!? Uhhh... how?
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Re: ENGINE COVER

FYI it is called the valve cover. There actually no bolts but there are 7 nuts, they are in the manual (chapters 5-10 I believe) if you want to find exactly where they are, the only tricky one to find is the one under the plastic thing that goes over it to go to the alternator, and how did you manage to break these nuts?
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Re: ENGINE COVER

He's probably talking about the studs that the valve cover bolts screw onto. Good luck fixing those....

FYI, the valve cover is actually called the cylinder head cover.


There are eight nuts in total. Each nut has with it a metal washer and a rubber grommet.
There is three in the front, three on the back, one in the spark plug valley and one under the alternator grounding strap (aka the plastic strip).

To remove the valve cover, first disconnect the two hoses that connect to the cover. They are PCV hoses. One hose leads into the intake, thats the PCV breather or fresh air inlet hose. The other leads into the intake manifold, and has the PCV valve attatched to it, pull out the PCV valve to disconnect it. It isn't screwed in or anything, it just sits in there, so tug it out. Then you want to locate the power steering hose which is chilling in a bracket that is connected to the valve cover. Either roll the power steering hose out of the bracket or take the bracket off. Then remove the black plastic strap by disconnecting the alternator wires. There are two, located on the alternator
******Note: Always disconnect the negative battery cable BEFORE touching any electrical wires****
There is a wire connected to the alternator by a nut, and the other is a connector. To detach the one with the nut, pull back the rubber boot covering the nut and remove the nut. The rubber boot is gray. To detach the connector, squeeze the connector release, then pull it out. The connector is light green. Once that is done, there is a 10mm bolt that screws through the grounding strap that holds it into place, remove it. Then you'll be able to peel back the grounding strap, simply move it to one side. Next, there is a small grounding wire connected by a nut to the drivers side of the valve cover, take off the nut and move the wire to one side. Then you want to take off the plastic cover that covers the spark plugs. There are 4 10mm bolts, take them off and remove cover. Then pull your spark plug boots and lay them off to the side. Pulling the spark plugs themselves is not necessary. Once this is done, you now have full access to all the valve cover holding nuts. There are eight, remove them. Once all that is done, loosen the valve cover by using a flatbladed screwdriver and inserting it in the gap between the valve cover and cylinder head. Lighty pry the valve cover away from the head at the corners. Once its loose, lift up the valve cover.

Installation is the opposite of removal.

Don't forget to order a new valve cover gasket and new spark plug tube seals (There are 4). They usually sell both the valve cover and tube seals in a kit, advanced auto sells the kit for about $40-$50. Also pick up a tube of gasket sealer, a tube of black The Right Stuff works really well, I would advise against using HondaBond. It costs $15 a tube, and you'll prolly never use it again. After installing the new valve cover gasket you want to put a drop of gasket sealer in each corner of the valve cover, and at each sharp corner around the Camshaft half moons. You'll know what I mean when you see it, they're semi circles cut into the valve cover to compensate for the camshaft bearing caps.



Anyway, there's the whole procedure. I would also recommend doing a valve lash adjustment while you're in there, provided you are confident in your mechanical skill and are up to doing it.
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He's probably talking about the studs that the valve cover bolts screw onto. Good luck fixing those....
Hit up a junkyard, find any DOHC Honda, such as an Integra, and snatch up those valve cover studs! They fit my H23A1 so they should a H22A4

...and then don't torque them over 10 lbs/ft again!
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Re: ENGINE COVER

I think they were just old because I was tightening them and it wasn't even too tight and it just snapped off I was like... wtf :(... but I thought yu don't have to dissconnect any wires? Can someone please be specific in what I have to do to get the dang cover off lol
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Re: ENGINE COVER

Well there are plenty of write-ups out there but pretty much:
-Remove VC bolts (the ones you broke off)
-Remove PCV hose
-Remove hose from VC to intake piping
-Remove ground wire on driver side of bay
-Pop off all 4 spark plug wires
-Remove all 4 spark plugs
-Pry off VC and observe the gasket to see if it needs to be replaced

That's probably it, simple stuff
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Re: ENGINE COVER

Alright cool man thanks I'm gonna look into it but first I need the dam nuts out :(
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Re: ENGINE COVER

Whaddaya mean "you don't know which order it comes off?" I just wrote out the entire procedure, step by step, from memory up there, with tips and hints. What, TL;DR huh?
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Whaddaya mean "you don't know which order it comes off?" I just wrote out the entire procedure, step by step, from memory up there, with tips and hints. What, TL;DR huh?
simple steps work better for me lol xD
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