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96' Changing Valve Cover Spark Plug Seals

This is my DIY that i did with my Grandpa. We changed the Seals for the Spark plugs under the valve cover cause i was getting a fair amount of oil puddling up in the spark plug holes. So here is what we did and how we did it.

First you will need a valve cover gasket and the spark plug seals and the washers that go on top of the valve cover. You need some RTV Sealant for the Valve cover gasket, and i used my shop manual just for reference. You will also need a 10mm socket, rags, rags, rags, and a 5mm socket to remove the throttle cable from the top of the valve cover. Let me know if anyone else has had this problem. Thanks
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This is a Picture of the oil in the spark plug hole due to the bad seal.
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Start by removing the spark plug coils, all the bolts and vacuum hoses attached to the valve cover. Remove the little washers around the valve cover bolts to be able to remove the whole valve cover.
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This is the inside of the Engine after valve cover removal. Grandpa said it looks good for the age of the car and mileage. You tell me. And here is the underside of the valve cover. Notice the 4 seals in the middle that i am going to replace.
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Here is the timing belt you can see part of it. I wanted to see it since i just got it replaced.
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I used this "device" to suck all the residual oil out of the spark plug holes just so it wasn't in there anymore. I do not advise you to just pull the spark plugs and drain the oil onto the top of the pistons. Could possibly foul your spark plugs.

And garbage oil that came out of the spark plug holes.
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Here is the underside of the valve cover after i replaced the seals. The old ones are set underneath the new ones for comparison. The old ones were all cracking and hard as a rock, no elasticity at all. I think that when they did the timing belt and took the valve cover off then it made them lose there seal. So not a biggy.
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Here is the finished product after everything is done. Put everything back where you got it and make sure everything is tightened to specs. Valve cover bolts are tightened to about 7 ft-lbs on the torque wrench. I ended up not replacing my Valve cover gasket since i just got the timing belt done about a month ago, and the gasket is already new. If I have problems, i will replace it. I saved the new one.

And a picture of the beautiful engine in all its glory.
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Excellent work! Everything is so nice and clean. Always a good feeling after a job well done.
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How do U change the O rings that are located in the lower part of where the spark plugs go? I purchased the Fel-pro kit and it came with 4 O rings as well as the valva cover gaskit and spark plugs seals.
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If your talking way down in where the spark plugs screw in, then i don't know, my kit came with valve cover gasket, spark plug seals, and the gold colored washers on top of the valve cover. If you could put a picture of what came in your kit i could further explain. Thanks.

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How do U change the O rings that are located in the lower part of where the spark plugs go? I purchased the Fel-pro kit and it came with 4 O rings as well as the valva cover gaskit and spark plugs seals.
For that you would need to remove the Rocker Arms, making it a little more involved. I got a Fel-Pro kit too. I just replaced the Valve Cover Gasket and Spark Plug seals.
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I have same issue, I have so much oil in all my spark plug, It was working fine before and starter had problem so I changed started and it stopped working now. When I opened up spark plug i saw so much oil, I believe this is the issue. I would like to replace both gasket form cover and under the shaft as well. Can you please tell me where do you buy those from? and Do I need to buy sealant to put it around it, because some people said put sealant.

Thanks in advance for your reply, Please anyone with information reply as soon as possible because I would like to do that during this week, before winter starts.
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check out this thread: my car is about dead, i think

after replacing the upper seals multiple times, and the lower seals once, the problem disappeared.

this happened on my 93 back in the day..... many stories on the forum about her....

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