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How to replace valve cover gasket on a 2002 stratus 3.0 liter engine

Valve cover gasket on 2002 stratus 3.0 liter how do u get the cover off

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  • Anonymous Mar 17, 2014

    valve cover gasket bolt holes line up but gasket not shaped right

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    How to replace gaskets

  • Anonymous Mar 31, 2014

    how do i get the old valve cover gasket out of the valve cover


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I don't know that vehicle very well... but there are usually bolts/screws that hold them in place. 4 to 6 of them per cover. sometimes the spark plug holes have giant nuts that hold the cover in place.

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Valve body leak 2002 dodge stratus

A vertical cover...I had to ponder that a bit. Still not sure. The valve cover sits flat on top of the cylinder head, with a gasket between them. The cylinder head is where your spark plugs are threaded in. The valve cover rests on top of the cylinder head. It's about 14-18 inches long and about 4 inches high, kind of rounded over so the valves and valve train will fit underneath. A gasket leaking motor oil is very common there, as a lot of oil is directed there and then splashed around to lubricate the valve train. The oil is supposed to drain through engine passages on down to the oil sump- the bottom of engine where oil is kept in the oil pan.

So if you have an oil leak, and it turns out it is the valve cover that is leaking, it's an easy fix-one of the easiest gasket replacements there is.

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Can i change rocket cover gaskets without pulln my engine out

Yes most definatly. Here are the steps, and if you find this info helpful, a vote with the thumbs up would be greatly appreciated for the free advice. These are also known as valve covers.
  • Disconnect the breather hose, which, depending on the engine in your vehicle, may be attached to the valve cover. Remove the retainer bolts for the valve covers. Depending on which engine you have, you might have as few as two bolts or as many as eight.

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    Lift the valve cover off the engine. If it does not want to come off easily, gently tap it with the rubber hammer. Clean the gasket-mating surfaces using the scraper and a shop rag.

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    Coat the gasket-mating surface of the valve cover with a thin layer of RTV silicone. Install the gasket onto the cover, then press it into the silicone. Install the valve cover.

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    Tighten the bolts to 5 foot-lbs. of torque for the 1.2-liter engine, and 4 foot-lbs. of torque for the 1.6-, 1.8-, .22-, 2.5-, 2.7- and 3.3-liter engines. Reattach the breather hose.

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    Apr 11, 2010 | 2002 Dodge Stratus

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    02 Stratus oil leaks when engine off (not when running)

    Leaks oil from where ...from front seal ...valve cover gaskets ....rear seal ...oil pan ..if you find out where ..change the gasket from where it is leaking from

    Jan 02, 2010 | 2002 Dodge Stratus

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    How do i get the back 3 spark plugs out of the firewall side of the motor?

    You have to remove the intake plenum, the plugs are under it...Just take you time and watch what you are doing.. If needed, go to library and look in a repair manual for the vehicle as to how to R&R intake plenum.. Is this a 2.5 liter or 2.7 liter?

    The 2.5 liter is the one with the plenum removal necessary...2.7 liter just has the plugs in the rear head but up under the windshield cowl.

    2.5 liter, Remove the air plenum on that one to get to the back plugs,and when you do you,ll need to replace the gasket for it,those are hard to get to,use a really good socket because those are close and if the socket slips there's plenty of things to bust a knuckle on ,it takes a while to do those ,but be sure and don't hit the plug on anything when your installing it,that will throw the gap off and it wont run right,take your time with it,good luck.

    2.7 liter, you do not have to remove the plenum. If you look under the wiper cowl area on the back head you will see the 3 coils just like on the Front bank. Remove the coils and the plugs are underneath. you will need a spark plug socket, 3 in extension, and a 1 in extension to get these out because of the clearance. Your car is the same as any 2.7 from 2001 until 2006.

    Good luck

    Dec 01, 2009 | 2006 Dodge Stratus

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    I have a 02 dodge stratus and just had the valve cover gaskets replaced and at my oil change they said they see oil leak further back on motor- maybe oil sending unit or headgasket? any ideas on what I...

    usually with oil leaks, you start at the top and work down. If you know the valve covers are leaking, you start there, and see what happens. They may not have been able to clean all the old oil off if this was your first oil change after the service. If it is a 2.4l, you do most likely have a leaking head gasket as they are prone to do that about every 60-70K.

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    How to change valve cover gaskets on 92 Dodge Minivan 3 Liter V6 Engine. Is it difficult to do in own garage.???

    No, not at all!

    Take your time....take pics of it BEFORE you remove the next piece.

    No special tools required.

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    Changing valve cover gasket on 2001 dodge stratus, how

    remove all the components in the way of the valve cover.  Then remove the valve cover and replace the gasket and reassemble.
    usually about a 3 to 4 hour job.

    Mar 16, 2009 | 2004 Dodge Stratus

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