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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-28-2010, 01:26 AM Thread Starter
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Holy Valve Cover Gaskets!

I thought I was going to pop that valve cover to check on the uvch today. I stopped by the local parts store to discover the gaskets are made of gold...$104 for FelPro (one side). I checked Rock Auto online and it's a measly $62 plus shipping. How lucky have you guys been to remove the valve cover without destroying the gasket? I'm going to trying and reuse the old one. Either that or I will use RTV or gorilla snot. Does anyone have torque specs on the valve cover? I'm guessing 25-30 in lbs.

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I've had mine off a few times without incident. They are usually pretty tough. I guess they have to be with all that wiring part of them.

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you shouldn't need gaskets unless there is a wiring problem and it melted part of it or else you are really rough and break one of them

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well maybe I do need one then. I took a better look at the gasket and realize that the wiring goes through that. Maybe I'll take that off and check the ohms going through the gasket. Where can I get the UVCH?

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So why are you replacing them? Do you have a leak somewhere? I know you can get them at the dealer, maybe other places. While you have the valve covers off, you should probably but the uvc wedges in to keep the connections from coming apart in the future.

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No leaks. I got codes that say all my glow plugs have a problem on one side. I figure that's a fat chance and that the uvch came loose. I didn't want to pull the cover just to find out the connector on the gasket is bad and I figured I'd change the uvch. I'll wait until the glow plugs actually die before switching those out.

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Pull the valve covers off. The valve cover gaskets are reusable, so you can pop off the valve cover, plug the wiring back in, and put it all back together without issue.

I'm guessing that since you came up with glow plug codes, your truck is a Cali model?
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Yep. California truck.

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Okay. So that didn't work. I changed out the gasket and the uvch and I still get the same codes. I saw on the sticky of where the GPR is located. My question is why would only one bank of gp's have a problem. If the GPR is funky, wouldn't both banks be down? There's only one GPR, correct?

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yes there is only one. maybe by chance if your not the original owner and for some reason they only swapped out four of the eight g.ps and now the other four are going bad? did u check that all the plugs were connected correctly?

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