I would like to know advice on removing the rear valve cover from a 2001 Aurora with the 3.5L V6. The valve cover is basically stuck. We already replaced the gasket on the front valve cover, but the rear one is stuck because of several things.
First, we just couldn't remove the bolts. Then, we finally managed some tool arrangement to undo all the bolts. Now, it'* unbolted and just sitting away from the engine. It looks like the firewall and the transmission dipstick tube are holding down the valve cover from being removed.
The firewall is such a blockage that the ignition coil plate had trouble coming out. We barely squeezed it out past the firewall and AC lines. It looks like I would have to unbolt the trans dipstick tube and remove it entirely, but if you guys know of a trick, I'd really appreciate you letting me know. Thanks a lot in advance! Here are some pictures.
This is the front valve cover. Look at the size compared to the oil cap!