Question about 1998 Ford Escort
Step by step how to repair leaky valve gasket?
Should be 4-5 nuts/bolts.
remove bolts, pull cover off. (pry edge with small screw driver if too tight or tap around sides with rubber mallet to loosen.
pull off all old gasket from cover and top seal area on head.
clean up all parts and wipe dry.
apply the new gasket. see image below.
make sure the 3 rings inside the cover are replaced, then reinstall.
do not over tighten.
1.8L engine - 43-78 in-lbs
1.9L engine - 50-100 in-lbs
2.0L SPI engine - 71-97 in-lbs
2.0 Zetec engine - 54-70 in-lbs
to convert from inch to foot pounds just divide by 12
Posted on Dec 11, 2012
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Your new gasket has tabs that make it easy to set in place; the tabs hold the position properly on the cylinder head. The gasket also has the rubber coating to establish a tight seal between the cylinder head and the the valve cover, even if there is slight damage or warping. Proper torque for the valve cover bolts is between 50-100 in-lbs., which is about 8 ft-lbs for a maximum.
If you have the gasket properly set, and proper torque on the valve cover bolts, you should not leak.
If you still experience a leak after double checking the gasket and the bolt torque, I would replace the valve cover itself. You will find several at most any salvage yard, and probablly will cost you $10.00 or less for a used valve cover.
I hope this helps you, and I wish you luck on your repair.
Posted on Apr 23, 2009
First off you need to disconnect the battery. then you will need to take the plug wires off be sure to number them per cylinder. NOTE on the passenger side you have cylinder starting from the front of the engine 1-2-3 3 being at the back of the engine. on drivers side you have 4-5-6 6 being at the back of the engine. firing order is clockwise- 1-4-2-5-3-6.. then you will have vacuum lines that have to come off so you would need to mark those as well as to where they go, you can use masking tape and a fine point black marker. You must take out the altenator for better clearance on the passenger side and you may have to loosen the distributor to have clearance because of the ignition module if it is in the way. most hoses and fuel lines can be lifted up with a bungie cord and connected to the hood for getting those out of the way. the biggest pain is the wiring harness for the engine that runs through the pentium you can wiggle it enough to bungie it up out of the way. you may also find that you have to remove the heater hoses also since that will give you more clearance on the passenger side. the bolts are a 10 mm they also should have a spreader on them that you must look for under the bolt very important to put these back on. carefully lift and remove the vavle covers. clean all gasket and material off of the engine and on the vavle covers you want them clean enough to eat off of.. check vavle covers where the bolts attach to see if the vavle cover is straight if not then use a board under the vavle cover lip to tap the holes back down from the underneath side to get them straight. once all this is done then you need to get i suggest the cork felpro gaskets and some black sealant for valve covers. once the vavle covers are clean and ready for install then coat the valve cover where the gasket goes with sealant and let it setup- very important. then coat the gasket on one side and put it on the valve cover the valve covers have cutouts to where the tabs on the gaskests go then install on the valve cover. then coat the gasket again and let it setup for awhile very important. then reinstall the valve covers using a criscross pattern staring from the center out then tighten all bolts the same . very important do not over tighten the bolts just snug them up otherwise it will leak-reason the valve covers will warp by the holes.. and let the vehicle sit for about 12 hrs to make sure the silicone is set up.. it is a good weekend project did my fathers took about 2 days sat-sun but never leaked since..
Posted on Feb 18, 2011
SOURCE: Valve cover gasket leaking oil.
Take off the vacuum lines one at a time labeling each with tape (one piece with a number on each line and a corresponding number at the fitting). Take off the plug wires also labeling them. You should have enough space to pull the cover. If there any hoses or brackets in the way you may need to take them off or tie them out of the way with a piece of string. Tap the cover with a rubber mallet to loosen the gasket. Remove the valve cover and clean all surfaces on the cylinder head to remove pieces of old gasket and dirt. Use an Exacto blade to clean old material from the cover. Use a 1/4 diameter wooden dowel (6 in long) and the mallet to flatten the bolt holes in the cover. Clean any old oil and residue and dry using a solvent. Use a quality sealer (like Permatex red) on the cover and head. Place the new gasket on the head and set the cover on gently. Install the bolts starting from the center and working towards the ends. Tighten first to 6 ft lbs then to 14. Reset the hoses, brackets etc.
Posted on Mar 29, 2011
SOURCE: Leaking valve cover gaskets -
no it is not worth that much, you can do it yourself for about 20-40 dollars (price of the gaskets)
Fig. The proper torque sequence for the 2.0L DOHC Zetec engine
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Removal & Installation2.0L Spi Engine
CAUTION Do not use abrasive grinding discs to remove gasket material; only use manual scrapers. Do not scratch or gouge aluminum sealing surfaces or oil leaks may occur.
NOTE Do not use any sealer with a silicone-type gasket.
2.0L Zetec Engine
CAUTION Do not scratch or gouge aluminum sealing surfaces or oil leaks may occur.
Fig. The proper torque sequence for the 2.0L DOHC Zetec engine
Posted on May 13, 2011
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