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Valve cover gasket

Hi every one i have a few mechanic questions. i am a college student and am not a mechanic at all. but i need to replace my valve cover gasket and i believe distributor seals or cap (cant remember which). they are both leaking oil and i want to fix it as quick as possible but i have no money to pay the mechanics due to rent and yada yada. how difficult would it be for me to do it myself?
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Re: Valve cover gasket

All you need is a ratchet and a set of sockets. Do you have them?
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Re: Valve cover gasket

I always recommend a torque wrench ;)
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Re: Valve cover gasket

Or just common sense, if he doesn't wanna go dump ~$60 on a torque wrench. I heard of ppl snapping the valve cover studs even with a torque wrench. Tighten the valve cover nuts VERY carefully. Worst case (if you snap one) is you take the other VC nuts off, pull off the VC, twist the broken stud out w/ vice grips and replace with a new stud and nut.
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Re: Valve cover gasket

Things you will need are:
-A rachet with some sockets
-Gaskets (of course)
-a steady hand and some patience
-Soup and water maybe some break cleaner to help clean the valve cover where the gasket lays on.
-some sealant or gasket maker
The sealant or gasket maker is so that you can hold the valve cover gasket to the valve cover while you flip it over and install. some gaskets tend to fall over and over again once you flip the valve cover over to install. Its not necessary but will save you alot of a hassle if it tends to happen. Just remember that if you do use it only use a small amount so that the gasket can stick to the valve cover itself.
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Re: Valve cover gasket

ok thanks guys i dont have any tools but i can easily just go and get some because i do want to do all the work on my car by myself in the future as well
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Re: Valve cover gasket

you don't need any torque wrench to do a valve cover gasket...just get you a a rachet and sockets....and when you go to tighten down the valve cover as soon as the nut stops just give it one more little turn not to hard though and you'll be fine
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Re: Valve cover gasket

The last mechanic cross threaded one of my valve cover bolts and I had to put a thread kit through it...the bolts are very very delicate! he also pried it up with a screw driver and made marks.

I just tightened them up with the smallest ratchet I could find so I didn't over tighten them and its not leaking.

Both easy jobs just take it easy with the tightening and you will be sweet.
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Re: Valve cover gasket

if your distributor is leaking oil from the inside out through the cap just to let you know its not the o-ring its actually a seal that sits in the back of the distributor that the shaft goes through. but if the oil is coming from the back where the distributor is mounted then its the o-ring... hears a write up on how to fix the inside seal How-To: Replace Internal Seal of Distributor (Internal Oil Leak) - Honda-Tech
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Re: Valve cover gasket

i want to order the parts today (i waited so long because i had to get enough money for tools and to buy some paint and stuff for my valve covers:p) but whats a good site to buy the vc set for and i was going to do the spark plug seals, distributor seal, and maybe o-ring just do get it out the way. do any of you know if theres any tutorials here or online of everything i need to do?
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rockauto.com is a decent place to get your parts
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