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Old 04-20-2008, 01:16 PM   #1
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both my valve covers are leaking pretty bad but i honestly stay on top of this problem with a constant gallon of castrol 10 w40 in my trunk and i have to use about a quart a week.

i have all the gaskets and gromets but i need the advice and time to do the job depending on how long it will take me...

do i have to remove the fuel lines and stuff.? and what else is needed to be done to change the gaskets..? thanks.

also if i stay on top of keeping it full of oil i should have any problems correct.?
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If it keeps leaking badly, you could have a fire.

Remove anything in the way. It'* that simple. The front is easier. No, it doesn't require removal of the fuel rail, but you might want the fuel LINES out of the way for the rear cover.
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For the rear cover, you will have to remove the lift bracket as it goes over, slightly, the valve cover...with the bracket being there, you wont have enough clearance to go over the rocker arms.
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No need to remove the lift brackets. Just loosen the nuts and let the brackets tip away from the VC.
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thanks guys i really appreciate this information... how long will a job like this take me..
im pretty nice with taking stuff apart and putting it back together.. and it took me about 3 hours to change the rear struts and springs....

i just need a time frame so i could no when i would be able to do it... also do i have to drain the oil first.?
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Draining the oil won't have anything to do with this at all. All the oil has already drained out of your heads.

The job should take just a couple hours for a first-timer that knows the components under the hood.
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Scuff up the lip that is on the cylinder heads before you install the new gaskets, so they have a good surface to dig into and seal.

And while you are at it...change out the grommet seals too. Not really necessary, but new ones generally look better
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are you sure all the oil loss is from valve cover gaskets? you may have a loose endplate and/or a cracked end plate gasket. See if you can feel oil between the flex plate and block.
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That depends....on what car he is talking about
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That depends....on what car he is talking about
88 sse... i thought i posted this in the 87-91 section...

well i can see the oil all over the valve covers where the gaskets are supposed to be.. and under neath them .... i can get some pics in need be...?
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