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crowjane
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 14, 2017 12:00 pm    Post subject: oil on spark plug. valve cover gasket? Reply with quote

hey yall, very happy to see that this is back up and running, I dont know what I would do without yall. Im determined to keep this thing running as long as possible, and when I finally do say goodbye, id really like to scoop up another one but 4wd.

Anyway, havent had any major problems for a while but lots of accumulating smaller issues... I have it in the garage and Im fixing the list of stuff.

I have been having some coolant loss. Which was something I was trying to fix this time around, but I was pretty sure i found the leak.

BUT. when I pulled the spark plugs there was oil on em. this means valve cover gasket??

this is possible with engine in the vehicle, yes?

anything else I should look for? any posts I didnt see on valve cover change?

Also found my tie rod ends need to be changed. so i will be doing those as well.

I havent done much with engines yet, but I am excited to learn. Ive done suspension, alternator, radiator, water pump, timing belt, starter, all the easy lil things, oh not to mention switched out the transmission ( Wink ) but i learn best by experience and yall have been very helpful in the past. Any advice on how to best inspect/fix up my engine would be great, thank you.
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PostPosted: Yesterday, 4:16 am    Post subject: Re: oil on spark plug. valve cover gasket? Reply with quote

Coolant loss can be a number of things, best bet is to look around yourself on that one.

The valve cover seals are fairly easy to change but the intake manifold will have to be removed. Don't be afraid though, it's much easier than you think.
When putting on a new valve cover seal don't tighten it flush down as it's a rubber seal and doesn't need to be seriously tight.

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