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I have developed an oil leak that the mechanics said is most likely the valve cover gasket which is dripping onto the exhaust and ever so unpleasant and smoky:) I have searched and found several people say that this is a pretty easy task. I recently changed the plugs, wires, cap and rotor - although it was one of the most interesting I have ever done. I have not been able to find a description of the process or a source for the steps. The mechanic says it is a 3-4 hour job and mostly labor cost, so I would prefer to do the labor if it is easy enough...Any help would be appreciated.:)
 

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I need to do this as well. Mine isn't smoking at all, but it is dripping just enough to smell after the engine warms up.
 

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Passenger side or Driver side?
 

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Driver's side for me.
 

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Valve covers or head gaskets???
well im planing to open the valve cover for now, i need to figure out what the ticking noise is coming from my engine. opened the passenger side last weekend and found nothing wrong so im hoping i can find it under the driver side valve cover so that i dont have to get a new engine.
 

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After seeing that, I'm looking forward to doing this even less.
 

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i wouldnt want to do it either but its gonna save you a whole lotta $$.
 

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Yeah, I was quoted about $500 to replace it at the stealership. Oh and another $500 to replace the oil pan gasket. Not gonna happen, lol.
 

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A couple of you talk of removing the beastly intake manifold. Would anyone care to explain and/or provide tips for removal. The idea of saving over $1k doing this myself makes me dread doing it a little less.

Tom
 

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I haven't done it yet, but I will be sure to post up pics and any "lessons learned" after I finish. It will probably be next weekend before i can get around to doing it though.
 

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A couple of you talk of removing the beastly intake manifold. Would anyone care to explain and/or provide tips for removal. The idea of saving over $1k doing this myself makes me dread doing it a little less.

Tom
it shouldnt be that hard. find whats holding it down, unscrew and remove. ill do a write up soon for removing the intake manifolds.
 

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I had/have an oil smell. I just replaced the valve cover gasket and that has helped. It was still leaking oil so I tightened the VCG where it was leaking and that seemed to help. My question; is there a suggested tightness for the VCG and should I have been able to screw it down more?

TJTJ has the manuals. I wonder if he could shed some light on this.

Thanks!
 
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