Chrysler Full-Size Trucks 1967-1988 Repair Guide

Rocker Arm (Valve) Cover

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figures 1, 2 and 3

It is always advisable to purchase new parts before proceeding with a job. You will need a new valve cover gaskets and or RTV sealant. It is best to look at the engine to see if while you are doing a job, you may need to replace a hose or wire that is worn or damaged. Even though it may not pertain to the current procedure, it may take only a minute to fix another problem that is about to occur.

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  3. Disconnect all wires, cable and hoses crossing the rocker cover. Make sure you mark them accordingly if unsure of assembly.
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  5. Unfasten and/or remove any accessary belts or brackets necessary to remove the cover.
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  7. Remove the rocker cover bolts.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Using a ratchet and a suitable extension, unthread and remove the valve cover bolts

  1. Using a soft mallet, tap loose the rocker cover.
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WARNING
Never pry the cover loose. You may damage the cover or head surface!

  1. Lift the cover off the engine.
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Fig. Fig. 2: Make sure all of the bolts are removed, and lift the valve cover

  1. Thoroughly clean all gasket material from the mating surfaces of the head and cover. Make sure all traces of old RTV silicone sealant is removed.
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Fig. Fig. 3: Scrape all traces of gasket material or sealant from the head and valve cover itself

  1. On models using a gasket, place a new gasket on the head (coated with sealer, if recommended by the gasket manufacturer), then install the cover. Tighten the bolts to 40 inch lbs. (5 Nm) on models with a gasket.
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  3. On models with RTV silicone material, place a bead of sealer around the cover and place on to engine. Torque the nuts to 3 inch lbs. (9 Nm); the studs to 9 ft. lbs. (13 Nm).
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