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Old 10-04-2009, 09:46 PM   #141
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Amazingly easy but really took my time. My cover was super clean! Tore the vacuum hose but easy fix.
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Looks nice and clean. congrats
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Old 10-06-2009, 01:30 PM   #142
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Does anyone know of an easy way to cut-and-paste this DIY into a word document? When I do the normal cut-and-paste it copies only 2/3 of each picture.
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Old 10-06-2009, 01:34 PM   #143
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Old 10-06-2009, 01:44 PM   #144
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Thanks. I'll give that a try.
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Old 10-12-2009, 10:41 PM   #145
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i will be doing this soon
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Old 10-19-2009, 05:43 PM   #146
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Thanks mkodama. I did this DIY last week and the directions were spot on. The only minor problem I had was removing the crankcase vent tube.
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Old 10-20-2009, 01:31 AM   #147
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Thanks mkodama. I did this DIY last week and the directions were spot on. The only minor problem I had was removing the crankcase vent tube.



Yeah, I didn't have a problem but I've heard otherwise from many other people. Usually the plastic turns pretty hard and brittle as well as the oil vapor inside kinda seals it on.
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Old 10-21-2009, 02:33 PM   #148
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anyone have any ideas to what the valve cover is made of, im thinking of throwing it in the hot tank at work to clean it up.. good idea or bad??
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Old 10-22-2009, 12:23 AM   #149
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It's plastic, don't push it. Also, it's a valve cover, there aren't any moving parts, don't worry about it too much. Wipe it off and move on with your life.
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Old 10-25-2009, 02:44 PM   #150
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Great thread! Did mine last weekend, have only 59k miles, the gasket was really dry it turned into plastic and now the burnt oil smell is gooone!
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Old 10-25-2009, 03:32 PM   #151
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any tips on getting the valve cover off that thing is stuck on there like all hell
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Old 10-25-2009, 03:47 PM   #152
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any tips on getting the valve cover off that thing is stuck on there like all hell
u just have to do it slowly. gradually go around in a circle applying pressure. dont just try and yank it from one side. it took me awhile but it eventually came off.

i think i used a fat flatheaded screwdriver to kinda wedge all the sides. just be careful

OHHHH and dont forget FYI.. i didnt read the directions on the manifold gasket glue.. it dries pretty quickly and i guess your supposed to wait an hour before starting the car.. i didnt wait that long but luckily no problem for me (knock on wood)

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Old 10-25-2009, 03:49 PM   #153
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A metal putty knife should do the trick.
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Old 10-26-2009, 01:29 AM   #154
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Old 10-27-2009, 06:17 PM   #155
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Anyone in the Sacramento, Ca area, want to help me out with this?
I'm only an hour and 20 minutes away and will do the job for $20. lol

I'm sure you'll get an answer if you make a quick thread in the regional forums.
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Old 10-27-2009, 07:49 PM   #157
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I'm only an hour and 20 minutes away and will do the job for $20. lol

I'm sure you'll get an answer if you make a quick thread in the regional forums.

It might be worth me driving down. I could this DIY, but I think it woudl take me 4 hours.
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Old 10-28-2009, 10:35 AM   #158
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Would you be willing to help out this weekend?
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Old 11-13-2009, 11:26 AM   #159
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Will I need to replace fifteen valve-cover bolt grommets? Has anyone reused the rubber grommets?
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Service manual recomends to change the gromets. Why risk a leak after all that work?
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