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About to embark on an adventure. (Valve cover gasket)

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by sir1123, Feb 1, 2011.

  1. Feb 1, 2011 at 5:16 PM
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    sir1123 [OP] Tacomas FTMFW!!!!

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    Has anybody replaced their valve cover gasket before? if so how long was the labor and how tediouse was it? do you need any special tools? is reassymbly a bitch? really not looking forward to this but must be done. it is a tiny leak but i HATE leaks.
    Thanks:confused::mad:
     
  2. Feb 2, 2011 at 5:39 PM
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    is it the 4 or 6 cylinder?
     
  3. Feb 2, 2011 at 6:46 PM
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    6 cyl.
     
  4. Feb 2, 2011 at 7:01 PM
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    If you have the 3.4 liter V6 you will have to remove the intake, throttle body and intake tube as well as removing some of the vacuum lines to get to the top bolts on the valve covers...Not too hard but may be a little time consuming.
     
  5. Feb 2, 2011 at 7:01 PM
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    I'm going to have to do the same myself pretty soon...
     
  6. Feb 2, 2011 at 7:10 PM
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    just ordered the intake manifold gasket to and it was a bit pricy...jeezzz
     
  7. Feb 2, 2011 at 7:12 PM
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    around where you live in the c town? and you got anymore pics or your rig?
     
  8. Feb 2, 2011 at 7:17 PM
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    I live in the North area right off of Dorchester Rd...You?

    As far as pics, I don't have any more of mine...It is a work in progress but I keep dumping money into my other hobby, LOL.
     
  9. Feb 2, 2011 at 7:31 PM
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    west ashely
     
  10. Feb 2, 2011 at 7:43 PM
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  11. Feb 2, 2011 at 7:47 PM
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    Oh and where did you purchase your intake manifold gaskets? I have not priced them yet but I am sure you can get a set of Fel-Pro from Parks a lot cheaper than the dealer. When I took my throttle body off to clean my Idle Speed Control Valve, both gaskets together ran me close to $4...I know the intake manifold gaskets are larger than the throttle body gaskets but I can't imagine them being over $20...
     
  12. Feb 2, 2011 at 8:10 PM
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    You have got to be kidding me?!?!? I may call Parks in the morning to compare...if it is that much, I may hold off a little longer on the valve cover gasket replacement.
    I would also gets some throttle body cleaner and a new throttle body gasket and a Idle Control Air Speed Valve gasket and clean the valve since you will have it off...those two gaskets will run you around $4 for both.
    Another thing since you will have the intake manifold off, If you have the funds, I would look at replacing the fuel injectors....they are a bit pricey but you are going to be in that area, cheaper now than later since you will have to remove the intake to get to them.
     
  14. Feb 2, 2011 at 8:30 PM
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    that not a bad idea the injectors but they seem to be fine i say that only because i am still getting good gas milage but being 11 years old it would only benefit
     
  15. Feb 3, 2011 at 7:55 AM
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    Where in west ashley do you live? I am in Avondale right by Genes. Ive never seen you around. I would check with autozone on the manifold gaskets. They are usually pretty fair
     
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    South windamire
     
  17. Feb 3, 2011 at 6:30 PM
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    Mine is leaking a small bit too. :annoyed:
     
  18. Feb 3, 2011 at 7:06 PM
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    You might as well check your valve adjustment while you are that far in.
    I think I paid about $20 for the upper intake gaskets and $35 for the valve cover set. Both were Felpro.

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  19. Feb 3, 2011 at 7:20 PM
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    how long did this take you
     
  20. Feb 5, 2011 at 9:22 AM
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    About 3 hours or so. Not counting the time it took to take the valve covers to the car wash to clean them off.
     
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