Avenger, Sebring Coupe, Stratus Coupe, 1999-2006

Cylinder Head (Valve) Covers

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Removal & Installation



2.4L Engine
  1. Remove the ignition coil and plug wires.
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  3. Remove the ground strap.
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  5. Remove the cylinder head cover fasteners.
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  7. Remove the cylinder head cover from the cylinder head.
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To install:

  1. Install the new cylinder head cover gaskets and spark plug seals.
    WARNING
    Do not allow oil or solvents to contact the timing belt as they can deteriorate the rubber and cause tooth skipping.

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  3. Apply MOPAR® Engine RTV GEN II, or equivalent, at the camshaft cap corners and at the top edge of the half-round seal.
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  5. Install the cylinder head cover to head and tighten fasteners in sequence shown using the 3 step torque method:
    1. Tighten all fasteners to 40 inch lbs. (5 Nm).
    2.  
    3. Tighten all fasteners to 80 inch lbs. (9 Nm).
    4.  
    5. Tighten all fasteners to 105 inch lbs. (12 Nm).
    6.  

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  7. Install the ignition coil and plug wires. Tighten the ignition coil fasteners to 105 inch lbs. (12 Nm).
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  9. Install the ground strap.

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    Fig. Cylinder head cover tightening sequence

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2.7L Engine
  1. Disconnect negative battery cable.
  2.  
  3. Remove the upper intake manifold.
  4.  
  5. Disconnect the electrical connectors from ignition coils and capacitor. Reposition electrical harness.
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  7. Remove the make up air hose from cylinder head cover grommet (right side cover only).
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  9. Remove the ground strap from cylinder head cover stud.
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  11. Disconnect electrical harness retaining clips from cylinder head cover studs. Reposition electrical harness.
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  13. Remove the fastener attaching ignition coil capacitor.
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  15. Remove the ignition coils.
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  17. Loosen all cylinder head cover fasteners.
    NOTE
    The cylinder head cover attaching bolts are captured to the cover. Make certain the double-ended studs in the center of the cylinder head cover are loose before attempting to remove the cover. Note the locations of double ended studs for reinstallation.

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  19. Remove the cylinder head cover.
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To install:

  1. Clean cylinder head cover and both sealing surfaces. Inspect and replace gaskets as necessary.
  2.  
  3. Install the cylinder head cover and hand start all fasteners.
    NOTE
    Verify that all double-ended studs are in the correct locations as previously noted.

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  5. Tighten cylinder head cover attaching bolts and double-ended studs to: 105 inch lbs. (12 Nm).
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  7. Install the ignition coils.
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  9. Install the ignition coil capacitor and fastener.
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  11. Connect make up air hose (right side cover only).
  12.  
  13. Connect all electrical connectors and harness clips.
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  15. Install the ground strap to cylinder head cover stud.
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  17. Install the upper intake manifold.
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  19. Connect negative battery cable.
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