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Unread 10-23-2011, 11:07 PM   #1
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04 Liberty Valve Cover gasket

Hello!

Long story short, owned a 95 Grand Cheerokee and loved it. Transmission problems lead to me owning an 04 Liberty and it's been nothing but trouble.

Here's the positive: it's turning me into a mechanic! and this site is how I've been able to do it.

Had the driver rear window motor regulator fail in September; replaced it myself thanks to finding steigerperformance.com on this site.

Now, the mechanic wants $350+ to replace a valve cover gasket. I've heard its easy to do, and I have time (but not $350!). I'm new at this though - is there a detailed how to, or does anyone have tips or suggestions?

I've read a lot already about rubber vs. cork, and possibly upgrading to the aluminum valve cover. What I'm looking for though is specific pictures and steps.

Thank you in advance!

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Unread 10-24-2011, 04:30 AM   #2
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What side? The drivers side is easy,the passenger side not so easy due to the heater hoses above it.There is only one choice for valve cover gaskets for the 3.7 in a KJ and that is a rubber gasket.
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Unread 10-24-2011, 11:21 PM   #3
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The smell is coming from the passenger side- and with the high labor cost the mechanic wanted to charge, I am not surprised that it would be the more difficult one. Would it be in my best interest to change them both?

I also downloaded the owners manual, and it suggests I change the PCV valve as well; videos for that look pretty simple, and I am going to try to tackle that the same day.

I have a friend that is going to help me, and he has done valve cover gaskets before (not on a Jeep though). Thank you for your reply!
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