Valve Cover Gasket

Tiny
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I have a 96 Saturn SL2 1.9L 144000 miles. I have an oil leak. I was told it is the valve cover gasket. How difficult is this to change? I can do several other mechanical repairs to my car but I have never tackled this before. Looks like it may be simple but before I jump into it, I just wanted to ask.
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Wednesday, July 18th, 2007 AT 6:48 AM

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Tiny
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I just replaced mine without any problems. All the bolts are on the top or around the top edge of the cover. Remove the spark plug wires, undo the bolts and pop the cover off. The old gasket sits in a groove in the cover and the bolt "o-rings" came out and installed easily. The only tricky spot in the installation is to make sure you put gasket sealant on in two spots where the front engine cover meet the engine block, there is a small seam there that will leak if this isn't done. The gasket kit I purchased had good details showing the spots and torque values.
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Wednesday, August 1st, 2007 AT 3:32 PM
Tiny
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I just replaced mine without any problems. All the bolts are on the top or around the top edge of the cover. Remove the spark plug wires, undo the bolts and pop the cover off. The old gasket sits in a groove in the cover and the bolt "o-rings" came out and installed easily. The only tricky spot in the installation is to make sure you put gasket sealant on in two spots where the front engine cover meet the engine block, there is a small seam there that will leak if this isn't done. The gasket kit I purchased had good details showing the spots and torque values.[/Quote:ac3363f72e]

It's not hard man just pop off the valve cover wipe it down hawl the old off and whipe out the track lay the new one in dont smooth it out cause its a l;ittle long for the track lay it in poke it slightly and do the same for the spark well gasket. Replace the valve cover and torque the nuts 50 - 100-150 but be careful not to torque to hard you may bend the valve cover
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Tuesday, August 21st, 2007 AT 12:39 PM

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