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I want to replace the valve cover gasket on the firewall side of the engine. Do I have to take the alternator off to do this?

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Beginning in 1980, vehicles were designed with limited access to most components in the engine area. This was intended to frustrate do-it-yourself mechanics, and take it to a dealership for service. Having to move so many components out of the way to access a particular component also increases the labor hours, which benefits the dealerships who charge by the hour to service a vehicle. This is also why most car manufacturers went to front-wheel drive. Front-wheel drives are more labor intensive and have more components to replace than conventional rear-wheel drive.

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