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HOW TO: Remove and paint engine valve cover (TONS of pics)

Old 07-29-2008, 09:05 PM
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DANG!!!Thats sick...I ma6y have to try this.
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Old 08-11-2008, 01:05 AM
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hey thanks for the write up this was the best sunday mod ever.

folow these directions and youll get it done

couldnt be happier with the results


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Old 09-18-2008, 04:23 PM
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Glad to see people using this!
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Old 09-18-2008, 04:38 PM
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Yea, I gotta do mine soon.
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Old 10-02-2008, 12:19 AM
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awesome jsut saw this
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Old 10-02-2008, 01:34 PM
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it was supper easy!
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Old 10-30-2008, 07:26 AM
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very nice write up
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Old 01-24-2009, 12:19 AM
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Yes very nice!! Warning for TC owners the spark plug cable plastic holder on the right of the valve cover is a _____ I broke it while trying to remove the cover. No big though I cant wait to get my wrinkle red in the mail. I'll post pics.. I cant wait to put these on also just got them in!

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Old 12-03-2009, 05:07 PM
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hate to bump this, but I have a question.

There was no need to use a sealant before installing the valve cover back on?
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Old 12-03-2009, 06:58 PM
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if you took care of things taking it apart...no.


there is a rubber gasket that fits in a grove. if you kept that intact and clean (oiled), thats all you need.
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Old 12-03-2009, 07:03 PM
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take a look at steps 7 and 12...you'll see the gasket grove in 7 and with it back in place in 12.

of course you should make sure you don't nic the gasket or have it fall out of place when putting it back in...run the car for a min or two while looking for leaks around the gasket seems...
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Old 12-03-2009, 10:28 PM
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that's all I needed to know.

http://www.club-tc.com/forums/engine...lve-cover.html

This DIY recomended to use the black toyota silicone to hep seal everything but everyone I talked to never mentioned anything about the stuff so just thought I would ask.
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Old 12-04-2009, 06:56 PM
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yes use the sealant. it wont hurt. i need to re-do mine and this time im using the sealant.
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Old 12-04-2009, 07:47 PM
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why do you need to redo it???

is the paint coming off or is it leaking oil?
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Old 12-04-2009, 08:26 PM
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the paint is perfect. its leaking a small amount of oil.
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what if after removing all the nuts and bolts you still can't take the valve cover off?
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Old 12-06-2009, 04:43 AM
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nvm, I manned up and got it out lol

Is there a easy way to tell if your leaking oil because I think I'm leaking a bit from the back above the fuel rail. But I'm not sure if it's just crud or oil...if I am it's not a whole lot.
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Old 06-26-2010, 02:46 AM
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Default Torque specs for valve cover bolts

I broke several bolts with the given torque specs of 15lbs in the diy. Afterwards, I discovered that the actual specs are 8lbs for the short bolts and 2 nuts around the edge. 10lbs for the 2 long bolts in the middle. You may wish to update the first post.

Thanks. This really improved the look of my engine bay for a small amount of time and effort with very little cost.


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Old 07-06-2010, 02:22 AM
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If it's an 08' don't you have the 2.4L?
I think the DIY is meant for 1st gen with 1.5L. Specs will most likely be different
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Will be doing this in the near future, wrinkle red FTW
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