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Valve Cover Stuck

Discussion in 'ZX2 1998-2004 2.0L DOHC' started by PKII, Apr 20, 2013.

  1. PKII

    PKII FEOA Member

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    Apparently the shop that I had taken my car to to replace my timing belt at 90,000 miles just slipped it on and never removed the valve cover. So 90,000 miles later when I try its stuck.

    I finally got all the bolts out they were stuck too for some reason. Now I can't remove it. I've used a rubber hammer for the past hour and still not come off. Any suggestions?
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    Status of this?
    Still stuck?
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    PKII FEOA Member

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    Still stuck. :(
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    If you have properly followed these steps:

    1. Disconnect the crankcase ventilation hose (6853) from the fitting on the valve cover (6582).
    2. Disconnect the wiring connector at the oil control solenoid.
    3. On early production vehicles, remove the bolts and the appearance cover.
    4. Position the accelerator cable (9A758) and speed control cable out of the way.
    5. Remove the ignition wire and brackets (12280) from the spark plugs (12405).
    6. Remove the bolt, the nut and the front support isolator damper.
    7. Remove the bolts and the upper timing belt cover.
    8. Remove the valve cover.
      • Remove the ten bolts.
      • Remove the valve cover and valve cover gasket (6584).
    9. Inspect the valve cover for damage. Install a new valve cover if necessary.
    10. And if its still stuck,you may have to use a wide flathead screwdriver to start prying under the valve cover while gently tapping the screwdriver underneath to get some pry room.

      Keep me updated,I have dealt with this before.
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    I had to pull out all the grommets then slide a thin puddy scraper along the front right side. Then I slid a thin piece of metal carefully along the left side and gently pry on the right side bolt hole and I heard the first sign of success.

    Grab and pull it up and it come off. :)

    Thanks.
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    The valve cover gasket still looked new. I had oil in the 4th spark plug hole not sure how it got there..... (before I took off the valve cover).
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    A hairline crack in the gasket can be all it takes.
    Easy to miss but glad its off!
    Glad I could be any help.

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