Valve covers and grommets replacement instructions needed?

Tiny
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  • 1997 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL
  • 4.6L
  • V8
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 180,000 MILES
Leaking oil from the old valve cover gaskets on both sides. Side mounted V8. Extensive search found no tutorial videos or threads for this particular vehicle. I've owned and worked on this vehicle for a few years, it's not by any means the easiest vehicle to work on under the hood. I watched similar valve cover replacement videos on the same engine with inline facing engine and it gave no encouragement to tackle this job. Perhaps downloadable literature/diagrams/ from a factory service manual or such would be helpful if any, except the used service manuals I've come across for $100+. Just a few tips and guidance for the valve cover and grommet job, with the do's and don'ts, would be deeply appreciated.
Tuesday, December 19th, 2023 AT 11:42 AM

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Tiny
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The job is pretty straight forward just make sure while going back together the surfaces are clean and free from oil, I like to use a thin layer of silicone rubber to help with the seal especially at the mating surfaces between the front cover and engine block. Here are the instructions including torque specs for doing the job. Check out the images (below). Let us know if you need anything else.
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Tuesday, December 19th, 2023 AT 6:32 PM

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