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Old Jan 30, 2019, 08:44 PM
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Valve cover stuck

Trying to remove valve/rocker cover for gasket replacement but it won't budge. Any tips on getting it off without damaging the head. I've tried tapping it with a rubber mallet but still will not budge.

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Old Jan 31, 2019, 08:36 AM
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Make triple quadruple sure you have ALL the bolts out so you don't crack it. Once you do that, use a flat tip screw driver pry it up at the corners on the transmission side, it'll come off with a smidge of force. Stick the screw driver between the cove rand head and just turn it like you're turning a screw. A few spots on the gasket get silicone to prevent leaks, so the cover doesn't just come off.
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Old Mar 3, 2019, 07:22 AM
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I had the same problem. Try inserting a long bolt through the bolt holes securing the timing belt cover and give it a few light taps with a rubber mallet to get some upward motivation. Be careful, because when it gives way, it does it suddenly.
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Originally Posted by cleong View Post
I had the same problem. Try inserting a long bolt through the bolt holes securing the timing belt cover and give it a few light taps with a rubber mallet to get some upward motivation. Be careful, because when it gives way, it does it suddenly.
I high suggest no one do this. Sounds like a great way to accidentally break the valve cover.
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Old Mar 5, 2019, 06:56 AM
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Handle with care, especially areas where the metal is thin. They are relatively brittle.
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Old Mar 5, 2019, 07:06 AM
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I solved it ages ago... By getting a screwdriver between the rocker cover and head and twisting very gently.
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Old Mar 5, 2019, 07:13 AM
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Good info for the next person.
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