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post #1 of 11 Old 01-30-2007, 05:18 PM Thread Starter
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Replacing Valve Cover Gasket

My wife took our jeep in for an oil change, and he said that the valve cover was leaking. So I had her pick up a gasket, so I can change it. How hard is the valve cover to do on a 2000 Cherokee 4.0L, is it pretty straight foward?

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post #2 of 11 Old 01-30-2007, 05:22 PM
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Id rank it on par with changing the oil. Although my experience is with renixes, its all the same.
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post #3 of 11 Old 01-30-2007, 05:25 PM
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me and my little sister did my valve cover gasket over christmas, wasnt too bad - the bolts towards the rear of the engine get kinda cramped - also, beware of "German Torque" when you put the bolts back in - Guten Tight ended up snapping one of mine, lucky it was right up front and came out real easy.

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Pay attention to torgue, you'll be torquing in INCH-pounds, not foot pounds... most folks just tighten "by eye," if that makes sense; you just don't want to crush the gasket and get it squeezing out. The newer vehicles (including yours) have no lip in the head to "crimp" the gasket. But all in all, on a scale of 1 to 10, probably I'd rate it between a 1 and a 1.5.

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Cool, doesn't sound to bad, what inch pounds do they need to be torqued to.
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post #6 of 11 Old 01-30-2007, 05:49 PM
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...crap... I knew you were gonna ask dat...

um, well, the simple answer is that I don't remember off the top of my head, and the year might matter, too, if I recall... I hate to give you the wrong answer, but what sticks in my memory is like 55 in.lbs. for a 2000-2001? Somebody? ANYBODY?!?!

Sorry, I know that's not the kind of answer you're looking for. Hopefully someone will jump in, most likely just "hand tight, don't use a ratchet" kind of answer...

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Chilton's says 85in/lb, good luck!
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post #8 of 11 Old 01-30-2007, 09:58 PM Thread Starter
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Cool, thx guys.
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post #9 of 11 Old 01-30-2007, 10:33 PM
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85 in lbs is around 5ft lbs.

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clean out the crank case vents and hoses with some shop air while the valve cover is off too

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