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How do you put the valve cover gasket seals in properly???we have the the pink gasket and the 8 o-rings we're not sure what order they get installed in???

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Burning oil and you can drive for awhile and then it will die on 2001 grand am 2.4l


My last three cars have come equipped with that particular engine. Although it is very rugged, if the rings or valves are worn then you just might be burning oil. Pistons are usually equipped with rings at the top. The rings not only seal the combustion chamber, but they also scavenge any oil that happens to drip down the sides of the cylinder before the compression stroke occurs (this can happen if your valves aren't seated and sealing correctly). The oil provides lubrication for the piston so it can slide up and down the cylinder. The rings take care of the oil that is there, as noted.

If the rings are gone then two things happen. The engine doesn't seal and it leaks air. Though the cylinder may fire, the amount of fuel isn't right and the power will be way down. Attempting to drive it is like driving with an anchor attached to your car. You'll get ahead, but very slowly. The engine may also sound horrendous.

The same condition can occur if the valves aren't seated or sealing correctly. Since the engine is not sealing and is leaking, then the amount of pressure available for proper compression and proper engine operation is not available. The result is poor performance.

Like leaking rings, a worn valve or valves will not only cost you mileage, but your car's engine may sound like a cement mixer. Worn valves also can cause a flood of engine oil to cascade down the cylinder walls, overwhelming the rings, causing burning oil.

I would suggest having a compression test run to indicate which piston is bad and then having that piston serviced. To bring performance back, it is a good preventative measure to replace the rings and valves, just in case. Worn rings could indicate that the valves are about to go and vice versa.

Burning oil can also be caused if a piece of your car's head gasket is blown out. Your engine will run but, in this case, your engine will sound like a tea kettle. It will also run that way, too.

To diagnose this problem, you start with a compression test of each cylinder. If the cylinders are within specification, then the culprit is most likely a blown head gasket. To repair it, you will have to have your car's valve covers removed, exposing the gasket. Then after cleaning the area and applying either the gasketing material or a gasket itself -- with correctly dressing -- and putting the covers back. The covers should then be torqued down to specification.

Oct 18, 2014 | Cars & Trucks

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Could it be possible if I put new valve cover gaskets on and still leaks could it be the valve cover it self


If the valve cover is warped and doesn't seal properly. Could also be the gaskets themselves. Even if new could be faulty or incorrectly installed. Did you use gasket sealant? If you did and didn't give it time to cure properly it could have blown out. If you didn't it might not be sealing properly. Could also be the contact surfaces weren't cleaned properly and caused a gap between gasket and surface.

Jul 31, 2014 | Cars & Trucks

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Need to remove valve cover on 2000 Camry Toyota


For the four cylinder engine:

  1. Remove and label all electrical wiring, connectors and vacuum hoses necessary to gain removal clearance.
  2. Remove the spark plug wires. Disconnect the PCV hose.
  3. Remove the four nuts and grommets located on top of the cylinder head cover.
  1. Remove the cylinder head cover and the cover gasket from the cylinder head.
  2. Discard the gasket and replace with a new one.
To install:
  1. With a wire brush or gasket scraper, remove all the old gasket material from the cylinder head and the cylinder head cover gasket surfaces.
  2. When the cylinder head surfaces are free and clean, apply beads of sealant to the cylinder head in the locations shown in the accompanying illustrations.
  3. Install the new cylinder head gasket in the cover. Make sure that the gasket seats evenly.
  4. Place the cylinder head cover with the gasket onto the cylinder head.
  5. Install the four grommets and nuts. Uniformly tighten the nuts in several passes to 17 ft. lbs. (23 Nm).
  6. Connect the PCV hose. Connect all removed vacuum hoses, connectors and electrical wiring. Connect the negative battery cable.
  7. Start the engine and inspect for oil leaks.
  8. Repair any leaks as necessary.
For the V-6 (3.0L) engine:
  1. Drain and recycle the engine coolant.
  2. Disconnect the radiator inlet hose.
  3. Disconnect the throttle and accelerator cables.
  4. Remove the air cleaner cap assembly.
  5. Remove the V-bank cover. Use a hexagon wrench to loosen the nuts.
  6. Label and remove all emission control valve hoses. Disconnect any wiring interfering with the valve cover removal.
  7. Remove the air intake chamber. This will gain you access to the back valve cover.
  8. Disconnect the engine wire from the left hand side, No. 3 timing belt cover, rear side and right hand side. Most of the wiring is secured by nuts and or bolts to the body of the vehicle.
  9. Remove the ignition coils, make sure the place them in order on a table so not to mix them up.
  10. Remove the 8 bolts retaining the valve covers and gasket.
  11. Clean the mating area of the valve cover and cylinder heads well. If necessary, scrape any left gasket from either surface.
  12. Apply seal packing to the cylinder heads and place new gaskets into position.
  13. Attach the valve covers. Uniformly tighten the bolts in several passes to 69 inch lbs. (8 Nm).
  14. Install the spark plugs in their proper locations, then place the ignition coils into place and secure.
  15. Attach all engine wiring be sure to secure each harness properly.
  16. Install the air intake chamber. Refer to Fuel System .
  17. Attach all emission hoses and wiring.
  18. Attach the V-bank cover.

Apr 15, 2014 | 2000 Toyota Camry

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Where does the 4 oil seals and ten o rings go in the valve cover of a 2006 Suzuki Forenza


Make sure that you got the right valve cover gasket set. The 8 o'rings that goes inside the cover where the bolts goes thru, use grease to keep then in place and the seals go inside the cover, look carefully you will see, but be careful to remove them because the cover brakes easily. You have to bent the little metal tab that holds the seal in place and pry the seal out with a bent screw driver or a small pry bar or a seal remover that you can buy from harbor freight . Press the new ones with a socket with the same diameter of the seal. Make sure to keep a piece of wood under the cover to give a perfect base support so the cover does not brake. Observe the correct position of the seal. Also don't forget to put grey silicone at the corners of the rubber gasket, where the cam cap join with the cylinder head, so it does not leak oil. Pay attention when you take it apart you will see some silicone residual. Good luck.

Dec 17, 2012 | Suzuki Forenza Cars & Trucks

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My '98 Catera needs the #1 cyl ignition coil replaced,plus the valve cover gaskets.Is all of this readily accessible when the air cleaner is removed?Or,more importantly,how many components must be...


Not easy but doable. I would mark anything you aren't familiar with to get it back together right. Please let me know if you have any questions, and thanks for using FixYa.


IGNITION COIL REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
3.0L Engine
  1. Remove the wiper arms
  2. Remove the left and right side air inlet grilles
  3. Remove the wiper motor.
  4. Detach the power brake booster vacuum connection from the intake plenum.
  5. Disconnect the spark plug wiring harness from the ignition coil.
  6. Detach the electrical connection from the ignition coil.
  7. Remove the bolts from the ignition coil, and remove the coil.

To install:
  1. Installation is the reversal of the removal procedure.
  2. Tighten the coil bolts to 71 inch lbs. 8 (Nm).
  3. Tighten the power brake booster vacuum connection until snug.

valve cover removal & installation3.0L Engine
RIGHT
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2. Remove the intake plenum and the intake manifold.
  3. Remove the spark plug boots from the spark plugs, and then the wires from the routing retainers. Make sure they are tagged for proper installation.
  4. Remove the rocker arm cover-to-cylinder screws, the cover, and the gasket/seals. Discard the seals.


NOTE Ensure all eight sealing O-rings are accounted for. They may stick to the camshaft bearing caps or fall into the oil return journals in the cylinder head.
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Fig. The location of the valve cover O-rings is shown here


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Fig. The valve cover sealant application points
To install:

  1. Install new valve cover seals. Lightly coat the new seals, including O-rings, with engine oil prior to installation. The oil application will assist in holding the O-ring seals to the valve cover.
  2. Apply a thin coat of silicone sealer at the front and back of the seals.
  3. Install the valve cover to the cylinder head, and tighten the bolts to 71 inch lbs. (8 Nm).
  4. Route the spark plug wires into the retainers, and install the plug boots to the spark plugs.
  5. Replace the intake manifold and the intake plenum.
  6. Connect the negative battery cable.
LEFT
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2. Remove the intake plenum and the intake manifold.
  3. Remove the spark plug boots from the spark plugs, and then the wires from the routing retainers. Make sure they are tagged for proper installation.
  4. Remove the oil filler spout.
    1. Unlock the tab.
    2. Twist counterclockwise.

  5. Remove the rocker arm cover-to-cylinder screws, the cover, and the gasket/seals. Discard the seals.

NOTE Ensure all eight sealing O-rings are accounted for. They may stick to the camshaft bearing caps or fall into the oil return journals in the cylinder head.
To install:
  1. Install new valve cover seals. Lightly coat the new seals, including O-rings, with engine oil prior to installation. The oil application will assist in holding the O-ring seals to the valve cover.
  2. Apply a thin coat of silicone sealer at the front and back of the seals.
  3. Install the valve cover to the cylinder head, and tighten the bolts to 71 inch lbs. (8 Nm).
  4. Install the oil filler spout.
    1. Insert the spout and twist clockwise.
    2. Ensure the locking tab seats on the valve cover bolt head.

  5. Route the spark plug wires into the retainers, and install the plug boots to the spark plugs.
  6. Replace the intake manifold and the intake plenum.
  7. Connect the negative battery cable.

INTAKE MANIFOLD REMOVAL & INSTALLATION

3.0L Engine
This vehicle uses a sequential multiport fuel injected engine. Fuel injector connectors must be positioned onto their appropriate fuel injector or engine performance and exhaust emissions may be seriously affected. Fuel injector connectors are numbered to match their cylinders.
  1. Remove the intake plenum.
  2. Properly relieve the fuel system pressure.
  3. Remove the fuel supply and fuel return hose from the fuel rail.
  4. Fuel injector electrical harness connector.
  5. Remove the intake manifold bolts and the intake manifold.


NOTE Mask off the ports to the intake manifold spacer. If foreign objects enter the engine, severe damage may result.
Clean the intake manifold sealing surfaces with a non-abrasive tool or solvent.
Do not damage machined aluminum surfaces or improper sealing may occur.


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Fig. Location of the guide pins for the intake plenum-3.0L engine


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Fig. Intake plenum-to-intake manifold mounting


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Fig. The intake manifold bolt locations
To install:

  1. Remove the masking from the intake ports.
  2. Install the intake manifold, and tighten the intake bolts to 15 ft. lbs. (20 Nm), rotating the tightening sequence.
  3. Reconnect the fuel injector electrical harness connector.
  4. Couple the fuel supply and fuel return hose,. Tighten the connection to 11 ft. lbs. (15 Nm).


NOTE Counterhold the connections to prevent damage to the fuel rail.
  1. Install the intake plenum.
  2. Connect the negative battery cable.

May 24, 2011 | 1998 Cadillac Catera

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How to fix a front leaky oil seal in a 1995 Toyota Camry LE


Three seals to check. easiest is the valve cover seal. Number and remove the 4 wires going into your spark plugs. remove 4 nuts holding the cover and replace seal.
Next easiest is the distributor O-ring. Remove air filter assembly remove the distributor cap, then the distributor. With the valve cover still off, loosen the 2 bolts that clamp the distributor down. Remove the 2 terminal leads going into the distributor (4 wire terminal/2 wire terminal) Mark the case of the distributor and the case of the head with one line so you can line it back up on reinstallation. remove the 3 bolts holding the distributor down. Replace O-ring. replace distributor, align, tighten the 2 bolts, then tighten the 3 bolts. replace terminal wiring and cap. replace air filter assembly. Replace valve cover with new gasket. Place spark plug wires back into their proper places. The last one is the oil pan gasket. Drain all oil and remove all blots holding the pan. drop the pan and replace the gasket. Put it all back into place. Do not over tighten the pan bolts as this will cause the gasket to deform, making it leak again.

Nov 22, 2010 | 1995 Toyota Camry

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My 1999 Subaru Impreza sport wagon had a misfire in cylinder 2, after I changed all four spark plugs and fuel filter the problem got worse. Now the throttle lags and misfires only happen when the car...


Check the firing order tu might have installed it differently, clean the Hi-TENSiON wire terminals on the distributor cap and to spark plugs, oxidation makes contacts to these points might have attributed to the problem! The oil must have leaked from the o-ring seals around the TUBE where u put the spark plugs! It also makes the spark plugs misfires! Replacing these o-ring seals, u have to pull down the valve cover, u will see the rubber around the tube, pull it off and replace w/ new one, clean the area first and put a little silicone sealant! Put everything back! Thats it! Taaah!

Nov 12, 2010 | Subaru Impreza Cars & Trucks

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I have a 2002 Nissan Altima 2.5L that is leaking oil into the spark plug tubes; can these seals be replaced or does the valve cover have to be replaced?


Yes, you need a Rocker cover (valve cover) Gasket kit. Remove the valve cover, remove all old O-rings and cover gasket, clean grooves and mating surfaces without gouging or scratching them, put the new gaskets on as per factory recommendations, tighten to the proper torque and you're done. The spark plug holes in the cover are part of the valve cover gasket kit. Any Napa, Car Quest, Pep Boys, Auto Zone will have it.

Oct 03, 2010 | 2002 Nissan Altima

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How do you time a 350 gmc motor


4.8L, 5.3L and 6.0L Engines
    • Timing mark alignment-4.8L, 5.3L & 6.0L 9308kg61.gif

    • Locate the camshaft sprocket alignment mark in the 6 o'clock position and install the camshaft sprocket and timing chain
    • Camshaft sprocket bolts and tighten the camshaft sprocket bolts;
      1. Torque to: 26 ft. lbs. (35 Nm)
    • Oil pump
    NOTE: Do not lubricate the oil seal sealing surface.
  1. Lubricate the outer edge of the oil seal with clean engine oil.
  2. Lubricate the front cover oil seal bore with clean engine oil.
  3. Install the crankshaft front oil seal with a suitable seal installer. NOTE: Do not apply any type sealant to the front cover gasket (unless specified). Special tools are used to properly align the engine front cover at the oil pan surface and to center the crankshaft front oil seal.
  4. Install the front cover gasket, cover, and bolts onto the engine.
  5. Install the front cover-to-oil pan bolts and do not overtighten.
  6. Tighten the cover bolts finger tight and do not overtighten. J41480 installation-4.8L, 5.3L & 6.0L 9308kg59.gif

  7. Start the J41480 or other suitable tool to front cover bolts but don’t tighten the bolts yet. NOTE: Align the tapered legs of the tool with the machined alignment surfaces on the front cover.
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  8. Install tool J41476 or other suitable tool.
  9. Install the crankshaft balancer bolt and tighten the crankshaft balancer bolt by hand until snug but do not overtighten.
  10. Tighten the J41480 bolts and front cover bolts;
    • Torque to: 18 ft. lbs. (25 Nm).
  11. Remove the tools. NOTE: Place a straight edge across the engine block and front cover oil pan sealing surfaces. Avoid contact with the portion of the gasket that protrudes into the oil pan surface. Insert a feeler gauge between the front cover and the straight edge tool. The cover must be flush with the oil pan surface or no more than 0.5 mm (0.02 in) below flush. If the front cover-to-engine block oil pan surface alignment is not within specifications, repeat the cover alignment procedure. If the correct front cover-to-engine block alignment cannot be obtained, replace the front cover.
  12. Snug the oil pan-to-cover bolts in order to position the cover at the pan rail.
  13. Tighten the oil pan-to-front cover bolts;
    • Torque to: 18 ft. lbs. (25 Nm).
  14. Tighten the front cover bolts;
    • Torque to: 18 ft. lbs. (25 Nm).
  15. Install the crankshaft balancer and bolt (See: Crankshaft Damper).
  16. Install the water pump (See: Water Pump).
  17. Fill the engine to the proper level with oil.
  18. Fill the engine to the proper level with coolant.
  19. Test drive the vehicle to confirm the repairs.
6.6L Engine To Remove:
NOTE: The 6.6L engine uses gears in place of a timing chain. For removal and installation, please see the Camshaft and Lifters procedure. This procedure covers the removal of the front cover and seal.
  1. Before servicing the vehicle refer to the precautions at the beginning of this section.
  2. Remove the upper intake manifold sight shield as follows:
    • Remove the retaining bolt in the front of the shield
    • Lift up on the front of the shield, then lift the shield off the rear bracket
  3. Drain the cooling system.
  4. Remove or disconnect the following:
    • Negative battery cables
    • Right front wheel
    • Right front fender splash shield
    • Upper fan shroud
    • Fan clutch (See: Engine Fan and Clutch)
    • Drive belt
    • Oil dipstick tube
    • Thermostat housing crossover
    • Crankshaft damper (See: Crankshaft Damper)
    • Crankshaft front oil seal
    • Water pump (See: Water Pump)
    • Camshaft sensor electrical connector
    • Camshaft sensor bolt and sensor
    • Crankshaft Position (CKP) sensor connector, bolt and sensor
    • CKP sensor spacer bolts and spacer
    • 5 bolts securing the upper oil pan to the front cover
    • Bracket bolts and the bracket for the turbocharger outlet coolant pipe
    • Engine front cover bolts
    • Use a suitable seal cutter to separate the front cover from the cylinder block and upper oil pan NOTE: Do not bend the turbocharger outlet pipe.
    • O-ring from the front cover Engine front cover-6.6L engine 9348ng32.gif

    • Oil pressure relief valve from the front cover
To Install:
  1. Clean and inspect all sealing surfaces.
  2. Install or connect the following:
    • Oil pressure relief valve with a new O-ring and tighten the valve
      1. Torque to: 30 ft. lbs. (41 Nm)
  3. Apply a 1/8 in. (2-3mm) wide to 1/16 in. (0.5-1.5mm) high bead of sealant to the front cover sealing surfaces to the engine block and oil pan.
  4. Install or connect the following:
    • New front cover O-ring after lubricating it with engine oil
    • Front cover and bolts and tighten the front cover bolts
      1. Torque to: 15 ft. lbs. (20 Nm)
    • Upper oil pan-to-front cover bolts and tighten the bolts
      1. Torque to: 15 ft. lbs. (20 Nm)
    • Turbocharger coolant outlet pipe bracket and bolts and tighten the bolts
      1. Torque to: 15 ft. lbs. (20 Nm).
    • Camshaft sensor and bolt and tighten the bolt
      1. Torque to: 80 inch lbs. (9 Nm)
    • Camshaft sensor connector NOTE: The CKP sensor spacers are machined with different timing positions. If you have to replace a spacer, make sure it has the same part number.
    • CKP sensor spacer and spacer bolts and tighten the bolts
      1. Torque to: 89 inch lbs. (10 Nm)
    • CKP sensor and bolt and tighten the bolt
      1. Torque to: 89 inch lbs. (10 Nm)
    • Water pump (See: Water Pump)
    • Crankshaft front oil seal
    • Crankshaft damper (See: Crankshaft Damper)
    • Thermostat housing crossover
    • Oil fill tube
    • Drive belt
    • Upper fan shroud
    • Right front fender splash shield and wheel
    • Negative battery cables
  5. Refill the cooling system with the proper type and quantity of antifreeze.
  6. Inspect the engine for leaks.
  7. Test drive the vehicle to confirm the repairs.

Aug 27, 2010 | GMC Sierra 1500HD Cars & Trucks

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Valve cover gasket oil leak into spark plugs


you will have to put another valve cover gasket on between each cylinder there is a round gasket between valve cover and cylinder head if you buy the valve cover gasket kit they will be in the kit .please rate this answer thanks.

Feb 01, 2009 | 1994 Honda Accord

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