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1st gen Tacoma - 3rd gen 4runner - swapping out valve cover gaskets - **Pictures!**

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by ramonortiz55, Jan 12, 2017.

  1. Nov 13, 2018 at 4:00 PM
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    joeficsit

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    This is a SERIOUS write up and follow up comments! Thank you Tacoma World.
     
  2. Mar 16, 2019 at 3:53 AM
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    Anyone can share a link for 4.0 V6 Taco 2005 replacing valve gasket with step by step guide? I would really appreciate for help.
     
  3. Mar 16, 2019 at 6:19 AM
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    Just looking through some old 2nd Gen posts, I saw @nwilli10 has changed on 4.0L.

    Don't forget to check your valve clearances while you have the covers off.
     
  4. Mar 27, 2019 at 6:37 PM
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    So... I know this thread is about doing it yourself.. but did anyone get a quote from a shop for replacing the VCG?

    What can I expect a little Toyota shop to charge for this. I'm seeing anything from $350-$700 online
     
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  5. Apr 10, 2019 at 6:16 PM
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    This is a great write up. I see you know when to use Permatex Black vs. when NOT to use Ultra Grey. On that, I'm sure this gasket job will last for many years to come.
     
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  7. Apr 18, 2019 at 8:03 PM
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    So I'm gonna do new VCG in the next few days. It's no fun having a cloud of smoke pouring out from under the hood. I got a gasket kit from ebay. I know it's in this thread someplace but it's late and i'm too lazy to scroll back. Do I use the BLACK or the GREY? Probably will do the plugs too, since I have no idea when they were last done. Any thoughts on which to use? And of course, any advice from you guys is why I love this place!!
     
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  8. May 20, 2019 at 5:31 AM
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    old bump.. in the middle of this job.. whats the torque spec for the cam plug bolts? thanks
     
  10. May 15, 2020 at 8:15 AM
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    When it comes to the Cam Shaft plugs, is it necessary to put RTV sealant around the plug where it seats OR only on the points indicated in the manual?

    I imagine the plug serves that purpose already but my overly cautious mind asks the question.

    Amazing write up! Doing the job this weekend...
     
  11. May 15, 2020 at 10:12 AM
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    I'll let someone else answer that question - but if it wasnt needed I probably did it for the sake of it
     
  12. May 25, 2020 at 7:03 PM
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    Have an oil leak under the hood, my limited research is pointing to this. Normally would be “fighting above my class” mechanically but this site and Timmy the tool man YouTube video have given me confidence to eventually get into the guts on this. Great post
     
  13. May 25, 2020 at 7:20 PM
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    do it!

    make sure you start early and have an extra day in case there are hiccups and we can provide help
     
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  14. May 25, 2020 at 7:25 PM
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    Two days for me for sure. Pics, labels, couple pages of notes and diagrams to get it back together. That seems like the hardest part, make sure everything goes back on right.
     
  15. May 29, 2020 at 10:43 PM
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    Nice write up,
    Do you remember the torque for the camshaft plug
    And the throttle body nuts (bolts)

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    Nice and snug
     
  17. May 30, 2020 at 5:33 AM
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    Throttle body is 156inlbs. Cam bolts are 144inlbs.....iirc, Timmy's video has them at the very first part.
     
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    Do these spark plug seals have an outer metal rim?

    I see there is a metal rim and was pulling on it then though maybe thats part of the valve cover and just screwed up that metal rim.
    The old seal is just falling apart as I pull on it

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  19. May 30, 2020 at 11:41 AM
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    Got them :),
    Getting them painted RED Monday and then finish the valve cover gasket process later in the week

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  20. May 31, 2020 at 3:46 PM
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    So everything went well until I couldn't get the last half moon loose.
    So I wiggled it side to side,
    Yup the lip edge of the half moon broke.

    Good news is I used a dremel with an extension and a wire wheel and it made short work of cleaning the cam plug and half moon
    old gasket on the motor and the parts

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