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EJ22 valve cover leak


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#1 teppichkopf

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Posted 28 April 2004 - 10:29 PM

The gasket on the bottom of the passenger side cover is wet. I'm keeping an eye on it but it appears to leak a bit. Is there enough room in the engine compartment to remove the cover and replace the gasket? Is there a benefit from replacing both sides, other than they are probably sold as a set?

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#2 Tiny Clark

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Posted 28 April 2004 - 11:59 PM

Are you sure it's not the rear cam bearing seal at the back of the head? Mine was leaking pretty good.

#3 Setright

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Posted 29 April 2004 - 01:18 AM

Plenty of different gaskets to contend with, as Tiny is pointing out.

But to answer your question: Yes, there is enough room to get the valve train covers off...but it is tight. The cover can just clear the valve components, so I recommend washing down everything before you open it up, or you might get some grit and grime inside the engine.

#4 brus brother

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Posted 29 April 2004 - 04:19 AM

Does this engine also have the little boots (washers) around the valve cover bolts? That's where mine leaked and the oil just made it's way down. Feel around the bolts to try to determine actual source of leaks. The suggestion to clean the engine first and then do some diagnosis before opening her up is a good tip.

#5 Setright

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Posted 29 April 2004 - 06:06 AM

Yep, bolts have seals on them too. MIght as well replace the lot while you're at it! Otherwise, you'll be down there again in a few months. Also, replace the PCV valve, helps lower the internal gas pressure resulting from blowby




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