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Can I fit valve stem seals without taking the head off on 1600 sentra 1997

Can I fit valve stem seals without taking the head off

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No you can't..
Fitting valve stem seals involves removing the valve springs. This means the valve has to be held in place by a valve spring compressor (bought from almost any spares outlet). The springs are compressed by placing one end of the compressor tool on the valve face and the other end over the spring cap, then squeezing the tool to compress the spring, then removing the split collets that hold the spring in place, removing the spring cap and spring, then eventually you have access to the stem seals.
The head has to be removed to accomplish all this.

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Sounds like poor engine rebuilt work. The rings probably were not aligned properly. they need to be placed in their proper positions. The valves, guides, weak spings, etc. (Was your cylinder or head machined) Also you could have used incorrect rings-size. Keep looking online for manual guides

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Here's what the tech data says for installation:


To install:

  1. Slide the camshaft into the cylinder head carefully and then install a NEW oil seal.
  2. Install the cylinder head and rear timing belt cover.
  3. Set the camshaft so that the knockpin faces upward and then install the camshaft sprocket so its timing mark aligns with the one on the rear timing cover.
  4. Install the timing belt.
  5. Coat the rocker shaft and the interior of the rocker arm with engine oil. Install them so the punchmark on the shaft faces forward and the oil holes in the shaft face down. The cut-out in the center retainer on the shaft should face the exhaust manifold side of the engine.
  6. Make sure the valve adjusting screws are loosened and then tighten the shaft bolts to 13-15 ft. lbs. (18-20 Nm) in several stages, from the center out. The first and last mounting bolts should have a new bolt stopper installed.
  7. Adjust the valves and refill all fluid levels.
  8. Start engine, check timing and road test.

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I would buy a chiltons or Haynes manual for 10.00 dollars

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