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Unread 06-19-2013, 03:55 PM   #1
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Jeep WJ V8 (4.7L) Replacing passenger size valve cover gasket

I am trying to replace the passenger side valve cover gasket on my Jeep WJ 4.7 and noticed that there is a black bracket fastened to the valve cover bolts which holds the heater hoses a safe distance away from the valve cover. Does anyone have any experience in removing this black bracket? I tend to break anything that is plastic (don't even ask me about the fuel injector connectors!) and am trying to keep myself from breaking this bracket while taking it off.

Any tips / help would be much appreciated!

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Unread 06-19-2013, 05:35 PM   #2
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It just slides on and off a stud.

Some of the bolts that hold the valve cover on are studs to hold these little brackets.

Its uncommon that you would need a valve cover gasket. The factory gasket is rubber and it sits in a groove on the valve cover.

Was the valve cover off recently?
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Unread 06-19-2013, 06:11 PM   #3
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It just slides on and off a stud.

Some of the bolts that hold the valve cover on are studs to hold these little brackets.

Its uncommon that you would need a valve cover gasket. The factory gasket is rubber and it sits in a groove on the valve cover.

Was the valve cover off recently?
For reference, my engine is the same age as his and both valve covers on mine leak slightly. It's not as uncommon as you might think!
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Unread 06-19-2013, 06:23 PM   #4
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For reference, my engine is the same age as his and bolt valve covers on mine leak slightly. It's not as uncommon as you might think!
Maybe uncommon was a poor choice of words there, thanks for clarifying that.

What I should have said was leaks are sometimes caused by the gasket rolling out of the groove when the valve cover is reinstalled.
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Unread 06-20-2013, 06:17 AM   #5
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Mine weeps a bit also, but not enough to go after at this point.
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Unread 06-20-2013, 02:27 PM   #6
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Thanks - I know that bracket just slides on the two studs holding the valve cover on but it seems stuck on there pretty good and I always end up breaking plastic on my engine. I'll pry at it a bit more and keep my fingers crossed that it doesn't break while getting it off.

I felt the same way about the valve cover gaskets....I was expecting a lot more mileage from them. When I removed the drivers side, the gasket had hardened (like plastic) right at the area where it was leaking oil. I've been running full synthetic (Mobile 1 10-40) since day one since I am the original owner and am a bit paranoid that the synthetic oil is hardening all the seals and gaskets. I heard that this used to happen way back when synthetic oil was introduced, but I had thought it was no longer a problem. Would be interesting to hear if the other folks that have leaking valve cover gaskets also use a lot of synthetic.

I'm trying to plug up these obvious leaks to make sure there are no other leaks going on...got oil dripping between where the transmission and engine meet up and am really hoping it is just dripping down from the valve cover gaskets and that it is not a bad rear seal.
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Unread 06-20-2013, 03:56 PM   #7
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Use something long, I used one of them orange handled pry bars. Remove the hoses from the bracket and get under it and gently pry up on it. The passenger side is much more difficult than the drivers side. Take your battery out and move your accumulator out of the way, but be careful not to bend your a/c lines to much. Mine cracked because they were old and brittle.
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