Changing LIM & Valve Cover gaskets
After spending a bit of time around the forums, I'm seriously contemplating changing my LIM and valve cover gaskets to be proactive. I've seen the excellent writeups here, but still have a few questions:
1) my car is a 2001 SSEi with ~67,500 miles on it. It was well (dealer) maintained, one owner before I had it. Should I be in a rush to change the LIM gasket? I've seen some people recommend doing that around 100k, but the car is 8 years old..
2) From reading, it sounds like if I'm going to tackle the LIM, I'd be pretty smart to tackle the valve cover gaskets too. Is that a good assumption?
3) Is there any thing else I should be looking to do while I'm this deep into my car?
4) are there any tips/tricks to making this job easier on this particular car?
5) what are the parts (kits?) I'd need? Where can I obtain them?
I'm a little nervous about taking a car this far apart (but I'm more nervous about the prospect of the LIM failing completely). I've always been pretty handy (I've done a lot of my own small work on the various clunkers I've owned), and I'll probably be able to ask my father for help (he'* rebuilt an engine before by himself - he'* by no means an expert but he'* exceptionally handy as well), but I'm still nervous. Just how intricate of a job is this, and what tools should I have on hand?