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Remove wiper arms/ Remove wiper assembly/ Alternator/ Power Block/Remove intake manifold/ get new gaskets for that/ valve covers are now easily accesible . Great time to change the spark plugs and wires now. PCV valve/ Air Filter/The gaskets for my 3.3 '99 caravan were the thick rubber, and cost $120, For Valve cover gaskets, Get "THE RIGHT STUFF" and you can make your own set, black silicon gasket maker. Reassemble
Typically the rear valve cover gasket is replaced when the lower intake manifold gasket is replaced.
It will be slighttly easier to remove the upper plenum. This will give you a little more room to feel around.
It's unusual to see a valve cover leaking on one of these. Are you sure it's the problem?
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The Chrysler minivan products all had leaking problems. I have had 5 or 6 different Dodge or Plymouth minivans from 88 to 99. How bad is it. The most common thing is Valve cover leaks. Front and rear seals in the engine leak as well as the oil pan gasket. If its leaking a little bit at a time open the hood and look at the front and rear of the engine. Do you see grease and oil that has gone down the sides of the engine? Do you see a lot of grease on the engine with some clean streaks going through it. You may be able to see where its leaking from. If you know someone that knows what their doing have them change the leaky gasket/s. If not you can probably have it repaired for less than buying another van unless other things are seriously wrong with the van.
Hope this helps... Dale
Its kinda hidden at the back.. you can take off the upper intake plenum to gain a bit more access.. some people also take off the washer arm housing.. theres a few bolts under the cover that mount it to the firewall
ok, There are many areas that the oil could leak from. Head gasket, oil pan gasket, rear main seal, front seal, valve cover gasket. You'll need to locate the leak under the car in order to know which one to replace. There is nothing simple about replacing the rear main seal and although he front seal is easier it can still be a problem. Good Luck.
I have the same problem on a 2003 Town & Country. The cover for the front 3 cylinders is quite straight forward, but in order to do the rear cylinders I believe you are going to have to remove the cowling below the windshield. You will need a gear puller to remover the windshield wipers first, then remove the cowling. Than should give you more room to work. It's still not going to be easy, but it sure beats paying hundreds of $$$$ in labor charges.