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Old 02-13-2017, 05:26 PM   Thread Starter #1
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2 weeks ago, I changed plugs and #4 Coil (was throwing error code). After reviewing the great info on this forum, I decided to try it myself and tackled the intimidating job of removing the Intake manifold. After quite a few hours, many skinned up knuckles (damn tight against the firewall) and quite a bit of cussing, I'm proud to say I accomplished it and learned something.
Little did I realize how soon I'd have to use that knowledge! Last week, I was informed by my mechanic, that I had a valve cover gasket leaking (190,000 miles, never changed). OK.. save >$300 labor, here goes the intake manifold again. Another Saturday but finally got it done. Time for a beer and watch it idle for awhile. But NOOOO... oil spewing from the rear gasket! Off the intake comes again. Apparently, I snagged the gasket when trying to replace the rear rocker cover and made a small tear. Second (or is this the third) time is the charm. Seems to have worked this time, but boy, that $300 labor charge quoted by the mechanic seems like a bargain now!

Question... any suggestion on how to make replacement of front cover easier? I couldn't get the wiring harness loose enough to create slack needed to have good access. Struggled and got it done, but it should be much easier.
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Old 02-15-2017, 06:40 PM   #2
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Default Re: Rocker Cover gasket (Rant)

not that easy to do, but with enough slack on the wires, it's doable

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Just take your time.... Im amazed your front vcg lasted so long. Good job bro.
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Thanks for the encouragement. Next project.... inner & outer tie rod ends...Woot..Woot! Damn Youtube makes it look so easy and will be the death of me. Only good thing is it always is an excuse to buy a new tool.
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