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Is there a how to diagram on replacing a valve cover gasket for a 1998 Saturn SL2?

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    yes there is, in the GM factory repair manual.

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No real diagram, just unbolt valve cover,has rubber seals that fit in groove.

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