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Valve cover gasket replacement

How do I replace a valve cover gasket on a 02 jeep wrangler 4.0 6cyl? Is the steering damper the same as the steering stabilizer shock?

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  • mjdsanders Dec 05, 2008

    Im needing to replace the valve cover gasket on a 02 jeep wrangler 4.0 6cyl.  I need to know how to do this myself.  

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    YOU JUST HAVE TO REMOVE EVERTHING THAT IS IN THE WAY TO CHANGE THE GASKET.

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    Yes on the steering question,

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If I remember correctly, the gasket is part of the valve cover.

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