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Old 10-22-2013, 09:16 PM   #23141
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There is a spec but you should just turn the bolt until it bottoms out. It's really easy.


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i highly advise against bottoming out the valve cover bolts. it's way too much
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Old 10-22-2013, 09:47 PM   #23142
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Well mine doesn't leak at all so there's that. It worked perfectly. It's not like it was difficult to turn them that far. I did it with a 1/4 small ratchet in my palm.


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Old 10-22-2013, 10:26 PM   #23143
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tightened my power steering reservoir hose today, no more oil stuff on the driveway so it seems. Is the reservoir cap supposed to have a gasket? I bought one because mine was missing and after i put it in there looks like it don't wanna close well anymore , its like there isn't a place for it to on the cap, so i took it off and just tightened it well. Anyone know?
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Old 10-22-2013, 10:29 PM   #23144
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Installed a set of new nokian wrg2 tires. Highly recommended.


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Supposedly the old Oring can get so flat that it looks like its part of the cap. I'd recommend buying a whole new reservoir and some new hose clamps. Then, clip the PS hoses below the old squished section and put them on. This knocks out multiple problem sources for $25: hose leak, cap leak, new PS filter, hose refresh.


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Supposedly the old Oring can get so flat that it looks like its part of the cap. I'd recommend buying a whole new reservoir and some new hose clamps. Then, clip the PS hoses below the old squished section and put them on. This knocks out multiple problem sources for $25: hose leak, cap leak, new PS filter, hose refresh.


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Old 10-23-2013, 02:07 AM   #23147
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Old 10-23-2013, 07:51 AM   #23148
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That's inch pounds. You don't need a torque spec, just go hand tight for the valve cover bolts.

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Old 10-23-2013, 08:26 AM   #23149
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Well mine doesn't leak at all so there's that. It worked perfectly. It's not like it was difficult to turn them that far. I did it with a 1/4 small ratchet in my palm.


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It's not about it "not leaking," it's about doing things the better way. You haven't driven that long or for that many miles yet, so don't take "it not leaking" as a sign that you did it correctly. Cause I didn't tighten them all the way down but mine isn't leaking as well.
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Old 10-23-2013, 10:11 AM   #23151
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New today: slightly increased steering effort at idle and also engine bogged a bit and quickly idled back up when I was straightening my wheels in my parking spot. Checking fluid after work because I think it might be low.


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It's not about it "not leaking," it's about doing things the better way. You haven't driven that long or for that many miles yet, so don't take "it not leaking" as a sign that you did it correctly. Cause I didn't tighten them all the way down but mine isn't leaking as well.
We'll see. I don't see the torque spec really working properly given the rubber gasket may be slightly inconsistent in its friction between the nut sleeves. It would make more sense to specify an amount of crush and you can do that by controlling the size of the nut sleeve or whatever you want to call it. Maybe they didn't do that but it works. I have put 15,000 miles on it since then, but you're right it's not that many. I drive much more tha. You think though


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Cleaned up the engine bay a bit.



Going to replace the radiator and oil filter housing gasket later
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looks good. how'd you do it?
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nice that you cleaned it up but it still needs a ton more cleaning
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Old 10-23-2013, 02:53 PM   #23160
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Cleaned up the engine bay a bit.


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That looks like more than a bit. Looks alright!

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