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I'm attempting to replace the valve cover gasket from a 1996 Toyota Carina (engine type E-AT211). Wiring, screws, plug wires, and plugs have all been removed; but, the valve cover is still attached solid. Both the valve cover and head are made of aluminum; so, I have avoided prying to prevent damaging them. What's the trick? I don't see any other parts to remove? Thank you fro all your help.

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TAP VALVE WITH RUBBER HAMMER OR TAKE A PIECE OF WOOD AND HAMMER.PLACE WOOD AGAINST VALVE COVER THE TAP WOOD WITH HAMMER VALVE COVER SHOULD LOOSEN UP.

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  • Monte Dauphin Jan 03, 2011

    Thanks for the suggestion; however, the valve cover still refuses to move. This time I attempted to pry it some (near the timing belt cover). It budges, but doesn't even hint at coming lose.

  • Jonah Oneal Jan 03, 2011

    CHECK CAREFULLY STILL COULD HAVE LEFT A BOLT IN PLACE.TAP WITH A HUB CAP RUBBER HAMMER SHOULD KNOCK IT RIGHT A LOOSE.

  • Monte Dauphin Jan 03, 2011

    Thanks for the suggestion. Visibly, there are... 4 plug wires, 4 plugs, 4 bolts, 2 hoses. Nothing more.

  • Jonah Oneal Jan 03, 2011

    WHAT EVER IN VALVE COVER MUST BE REMOVED BEFORE VALVE COVER WILL COME OFF.

  • Jonah Oneal Jan 04, 2011

    REMOVE THE SPARK PLUGS.SEE WHAT HAPPENS.

  • Monte Dauphin Jan 04, 2011

    Spark plugs were removed in my original post.

  • Jonah Oneal Jan 04, 2011

    REMOVE 4 SPARK PLUG WIRES AND REMOVE 4 SPARK PLUGS. REMOVE THE 4 BOLTS AND 2 HOSES VALVE COVER SHOULD COME OFF.

  • Monte Dauphin Jan 08, 2011

    Some engine types have additional nuts in the spark plug slots. This engine type doesn't.

  • Jonah Oneal Jan 08, 2011

    WELL TIMING BELT COVER COULD BE HOLDING VALVE COVER IN PLACE.CHECK AROUND TIMING COVER.

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