ok, this is just a basic thing, but some people dont know. alot of our jeeps leak at the valve cover, so instead of getting everything oil soaked a suggest changing the valve cover gasket, its easy and shouldn't take more than an hour.
tools you'll need and things i suggest:
- rubber mallet
- razor blade
- new gasket
- 11mm socket if newer, or 3/8" socket if older
- flat head screw driver
- inch pound torque wrench
- high tack gasket sealent
- never seize compound
- degreaser or pressure washer ( or a wife who doesn't mind her sink greasy )
- scratch pad
- sand paper 120 grit works best for me
- primer, and paint
ok, first things first, i ALWAYS disc. nag. bat terminal if im working under the hood, its just safty. make life easy and take you cables off the throtle body so you can move them out of the way.
take your 3/8" socket or 11mm socket and loosen the bolts holding the valve cover on.
if the valve cover is resisting tap it with a rubber mallet as not to dent the cover. NEVER pry the valve cover off, if you do, go look for a new one.
ok, we have it off and on a nice work bench. if you want to clean it up and paint it, go for it, this is mine after i cleaned it up really good
if you clean it up, use degreaser and a scratch pad, then when it drys use sand paper to get it smooth and perfectly clean.
heres mine after three coats of primer, and two coats of blue and taking sand paper over the fins to bring out a shine
ok now down to bisness, get a good gasket, i prefer felpro
and use high take gasket sealent on the valve cover side of gasket and instal on valve cover
i always put never seize on one side of the gasket , just in case it needs to be removed i can still use it
put i generuos coat on
now take your valve cover, set it in place and screw the bolts in finger tight, then torque first to 20inch pounds in a criss-cross pattern then to 55inch pounds in the same pattern, your done yay!
hope this helps, any questions PM me,nick