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Intake trying to change the intake gasket on an 02 montana and it looks like i have to remove the front cover and all pullys to do so is this true?

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I just did the same,yes you have to remove the power steering pump,alternator,idler and the belt tent.
Not so bad though, if you rotate the engine(remove 4 bolts holding the engine to the front of the vehicle, and pull it towards the front using a strap)
There is only 4 bolts that hold the idler and the pulleys,and 3 on the alternator(all are 15mm)
The power steering pump has 3 bolts(use deep socket through pulley)
Should take 3 hours to pull apart everything,new gaskets are now metal and much better.
Gasket set was $130 here in Canada. Hope this helps

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If you have an auto zone they will print you out a diagram for free or try your local library and if you plan on keeping the car for a while try to get you a haynes auto repair manual they are good to have.and if you need parts and can not find them here is a place that sells only GM parts Schram auto & truck parts # 1-800-292-1032

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Suzuki grand vitara 2001 V6 2.5 litre. how hard to change valve cover gaskets & front engine oil seal, do I have to take out radiator etc

why not just do it one at a time., why make it hard.?
the front cover off is big job.
my guess is you have oil leaks, that it?
the steps are in the FSM book,
you can read them at or at the official suz page.
posted 100 times.

$4 to look.......

or see all parts here for free.
it should be obvious what needs doing, if you look at what is in the way.

non are easy on the v6
you can see the intake is in the way.
and lots more on front cover....
id do the VC first. see if the leaks stops.
or better.
why not use the UV dye, check and find true place of leak first.
then do all that labor to fix. it.

the front cover.
well you can see all thing must come off front of engine, to get
the cover clear of the crank shaft. its clear that !
and how to do that depends on what stops you doing that.
the RAD sure. id have it out already. (not A/C condensor)

posted many times before. but one more time...
in FSM book.
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2. Remove throttle body and intake manifold.
  3. Remove ignition coil covers.
  4. Remove camshaft covers.
  5. Clean sealing surfaces on cylinder heads and covers.
  6. Remove oil, old sealant, and dust from sealing surfaces. After cleaning, apply sealant A to cylinder heads sealing surface area as shown in figure.

so you read the book and get to line 2 and see links to those pages.
and ask who do to that, (TB should be obvious)
and that page on intake states

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
  2. Relieve the fuel system pressure.
  3. Drain the cooling system.
  4. Remove or disconnect the following:
    • Negative battery cable
    • Strut tower bar
    • Intake Air Temperature (IAT) sensor connector
    • Surge tank cover
    • Air intake assembly
    • Accelerator cable
    • Transmission cable, if equipped
    • Throttle body coolant hoses
    • Fuel injector connectors
    • Throttle Position (TP) sensor connector
    • Mass Air Flow (MAF) sensor connector
    • Idle Air Control (IAC) valve connector
    • Intake manifold ground cables
    • Brake booster vacuum hose
    • Evaporative Emissions (EVAP) canister purge valve connector and hoses
    • Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) valve connector
    • Positive Crankcase Ventilation (PCV) valve and hose
    • Heater hoses
    • EGR pipe
    • Fuel lines
    • Throttle body and intake collector
    • Intake manifold
  5. .... stop,....... im sure it's info overload time.. RTM?

im sure you dont like this answer , and will drive with leaks.
like me....

why not read the manual first then ask questions. not clear.
posted vast times... on suz v6

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