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Old 12-19-2013, 02:01 PM   #1
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Any recommendations for removing a stuck valve cover, without damage?
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Old 12-19-2013, 02:06 PM   #2
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Rubber mallet/pry bar/screw driver.
Gentle taps and prying will get it off.

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Old 12-19-2013, 02:07 PM   #3
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I think I've read using a putty knife gently.

Haven't tried it myself though.

GL. I have to do this job soon.

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Old 12-19-2013, 02:46 PM   #4
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Let us know when you find what worked for you. I, and I'm sure others, will be doing this soon. GL and give us some feed back.
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Old 12-20-2013, 01:57 PM   #5
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Success! I could not come up with any ideas other than careful prying. So, encouraged by peytonracer4's response proceded to use pry bars and screwdrivers. This took over two hours, but it was seriously stuck and I went slowly so not to crack the cover. I did remove the wiring and plastic wiring holder that snaps onto the fuel rail to make a bit more room and better line of sight for pry tools. Also I purchased a set of three (S, M, L) pry bars from Harbor Freight ($6.99). Would not have succeeded without them. The shafts are bent at an angle necessary to access the valve cover from below the fuel rail. I filed the tool ends to a sharper edge. The set I found also had steel on the handle ends for the GENTLE hammer stokes necessary. Working inch by inch with pry bars and screwdrivers first at the front end, then front to back along the top edge it was loose and with a steady pull from the top it broke free. I believe the spark plug tube seals had much to do with keeping the cover from breaking free. All I can suggest is the pry bars, slow and steady approach and alot of patience.
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