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differences in 2.5 DOHC Spark plug hole gaskets
Posted 26 April 2007 - 11:52 AM
1) 1996 doesn't need valve shims. +1 for '96!!
2) the spark plug hole gaskets are different from what I expected.
The old gaskets are back at home and I didn't take pix of them, but here's a rough sketch. Try not to be too dazzled by my MS Paint uberskills. It's a gift...
The 4 gaskets along the top look like what I got in the kit I received.
I ended up trying to reuse the old gaskets. Bad move. It pissed out a cup of oil before I figured out there was trouble. Faced with being stuck without a car, I dug into a gasket set for a Honda V-tec that I had laying around. Honda uses the same 1/4" tall x 1/8" thick rubber seals for the valve cover, but it's one big loop with no irregularities. I just cut it up and ran a length of the Honda seal around the groove in the valve cover. Follow the red arrows in the sketch, if you can, to see how I routed the Honda gasket material. It seems to work just fine. There are no leaks after 50+ miles, but I'd like to get the right gasket in there.
The gasket kit I got said it should fit 96-98, which they clearly do not (for '96 anyway). Any idea what year they changed those gaskets over?
Posted 26 April 2007 - 12:42 PM
By the way, there were a few other one year engines also, the 1999 2.2L anniversary edition is another one year engine.
Posted 26 April 2007 - 02:06 PM
Posted 28 April 2007 - 08:15 PM
Im a big fan of the 96 DOHC engine. The Hyd lifters alone are worth it but on top of that they used a nicer piston than the 3 years following.
Posted 29 April 2007 - 06:13 AM
Does that make me a bad man? lol
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