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1998 Cherokee Valve Gasket Cover


 
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matmun123
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2007 12:47 pm    Post subject: 1998 Cherokee Valve Gasket Cover Reply with quote

Hi Guys.

I am going to attempt to replace the valve cover gasket on my 98 Sport, since I can see that it is leaking. Since I have never done this before, maybe someone can offer some advice. Questions include:

I bought the Fel-Pro rubber pre-formed gasket. Do I need to use any RTV sealant in addition to this gasket?

The gasket came with rubber grommets. I assume they are for the gasket cover bolts. Anything I should know about them?

Do I need a special gasket scraper, or will any stiff putty knife do to remove the old gasket?

I was planning on removing any hoses, etc. that attached to the valve cover. Do I need to disconnect the intake manifold, solenoid, PCV line, breather hose, etc.?

Should I use some sort of brake parts cleaner on the mating surfaces to remove any oil?

I was planning on torqueing the bolts to 6-8 in-lbs? Is there a easy attachment to a hand tool that measures this out? Is this the correct amount?

Any other helpful hints?

Help is greatly appreciated. I have to do this work myself because I just can't afford to have someone else do it right now. I plan on doing the work next weekend.
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Glowyrm
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2007 1:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did this to my 87 last month (twice)

If you have the rubber gasket, gasket stick should work fine. Make sure there's no gasket in the cover(o-ring type)
A puddy knife works well, just cover the rockers with rags to keep the bad out.
All I had to pull was the hose on top of the cover.
Brake cleaner helps, just don't go too crazy.
get a 1/4" drive torque wrench, it works wonders.

Have fun.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2007 5:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

when we replaceed the gaskets on my moms mini fan we cleaned the old gasket with a putty knife and small bristle steel brush and a shop vac worked flawlessly
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Brad The Best
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2007 7:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

gasket remover actually works really well , i personally didn't use a gasket last time i did my valve cover rtv worked great by itself .

you don't need a torque wrench if you know how tight tight is 6- 8 inch pounds sounds pretty low since i could easily do that with my fingers . whats the torque spec for it , my haynes is in my garage otherwise i would look it up .
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2007 7:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My Haynes says with RTV 28 in-lbs
with permanent gasket 55 in-lbs.

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matmun123
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2007 6:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I appreciate the suggestions guys, thanks a lot.
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