Originally Posted by Rockstar04
I would consider the breather to be a temporary solution, you should plan to fix the PCV system.
At this point I would have to agree, it would seem like having the PCV system blocked off would hurt gas mileage, plus I've got gasses where they don't necessarily belong.
Found a belt at o'reilly'* that fits perfect, also picked up a breather that is temporarily gorilla taped to the filler.
There was no shortage of tools
I could have easily parked my car in the back of this truck with plenty of room to spare. You can't see the rest of it, there is quite a bit that didn't fit in the picture.
I took plenty of pictures in case any other members need a replacing the valve covers / tensioner for the SC.
First thing, disconnect the battery. It would also be a good idea to remove both belts at this time to give yourself a little more room, they will need to come off later anyways.
Then it'* out with the coil packs. Disconnect the plug wires, remove the harness. It shares a nut on the left stud with the tensioner, then has another bolt on the right.
Remove the studs for the tensioner, I used a 1/4 socket, and they were standard thread.
Disconnect this harness
Remove the bolt to free this ground up.
Unplug the injectors.
Disconnect all the sensors.
Unplug the alternator.
(Is your battery disconnected?) Remove the power cable for the alternator, then these bolts.
Drain the coolant.
This has to come out.
Might as well replace the coolant elbows, they are cheap and chances are they need replacement. Make sure you get any pieces of the coolant elbow out that stayed behind.
Get these out of the way.
There should now be plenty of room for removing and reinstalling the valve covers. Your going to want a torque wrench to ensure you get the correct torque when reinstalling them.
I would also like to give a big thanks to everyone who helped me through this process, giving advice and tips. It was greatly appreciated!