Continental 2000-2002

Rocker Arm (Valve) Cover

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Removal & Installation



3.8L Engines
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  3. Tag and disconnect the ignition wires from the spark plugs.
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  5. Remove the ignition wire separators from the valve cover retaining bolt studs.
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  7. If the left cover is being removed, remove the upper intake manifold. For details, please refer to the procedure located later in this section.
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Fig. Removing the upper intake manifold to access the left side rocker cover



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Fig. Remove the 5 fasteners holding the rocker cover in place

  1. If the right cover is being removed, position the air cleaner assembly aside and remove the PCV valve.
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  3. If the left cover is being removed, removing the oil filler cap is not necessary.
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Fig. Lift the rocker cover straight up to clear the valve train, be careful with the ignition wires



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Fig. Remove the rocker cover to expose the upper valve train; removing the oil filler cap is not necessary

  1. Remove the rocker arm/valve cover mounting bolts, then remove the cover.
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Fig. Rocker arm/valve cover-3.8L engine shown

To install:

  1. Lightly oil all bolt and stud bolt threads, then, using solvent, clean the cylinder head and valve cover sealing surface to remove all gasket material and dirt.
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  3. Position a new rocker arm/valve cover gasket on the cylinder head, then install the retaining bolts. Make sure to note the position of the ignition wire separator stud bolts, then tighten the retaining bolts to 80-106 inch lbs. (9-12 Nm).
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  5. If removed, install the upper intake manifold. For details, please refer to the procedure located later in this section.
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  7. If the left cover is being installed, install the oil filler cap.
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  9. If the right cover is being installed, install the PCV valve, then the air cleaner.
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  11. Install the ignition wire separators, then connect the ignition wires to the spark plugs as tagged during removal.
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  13. Connect the negative battery cable, then start the engine, and check for oil leaks.
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4.6L Engine
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2.  
  3. Remove the right valve cover as follows:
    1. Disconnect the positive battery cable at the battery and at the power distribution box. Remove the retaining bolt from the positive battery cable bracket located on the side of the right cylinder head.
    2.  
    3. Disconnect the crankshaft position sensor, air conditioning compressor clutch and canister purge solenoid connectors. Position the harness out of the way.
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    5. Disconnect the vent hose from the purge solenoid and position the positive battery cable out of the way.
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    7. Disconnect the spark plug wires from the spark plugs. Remove the spark plug wire brackets from the camshaft cover studs and position the wires out of the way.
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    9. Remove the PCV valve from the valve cover grommet and position out of the way.
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    11. Remove the bolts and stud bolts (note their positions for reassembly) and remove the valve cover.
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  5. Remove the left valve cover as follows:
    1. Remove the air inlet tube. Relieve the fuel system pressure and disconnect the fuel lines; refer to Section 5.
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    3. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
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    5. Disconnect the Electronic Variable Orifice (EVO) sensor and oil pressure-sending unit and position the harness out of the way. Lower the vehicle.
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    7. Remove the 42-pin engine harness connector from the retaining bracket on the brake vacuum booster. Disconnect and position out of the way.
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    9. Remove the windshield wiper module.
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    11. Disconnect the spark plug wires from the spark plugs. Remove the spark plug wire brackets from the studs and position the wires out of the way.
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    13. Remove the bolts and stud bolts (noting their position for reassembly) and remove the valve cover.
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To install:

  1. Clean the sealing surfaces of the valve covers and cylinder heads. Apply silicone sealer to the places where the front engine cover meets the cylinder head.
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  3. Attach new gaskets to the valve covers, using suitable sealant. Install the covers with the bolts and stud bolts and tighten to 6.0-8.8 ft. lbs. (8-12 Nm).
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  5. When installing the right valve cover, proceed as follows:
    1. Install the PCV into the valve cover grommet.
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    3. Install the spark plug wire brackets on the studs and connect the wires to the spark plugs.
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    5. Position the harness and connect the canister purge solenoid, air conditioning compressor clutch and crankshaft position sensor.
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    7. Position the positive battery cable harness on the right cylinder head. Install the bolt retaining the cable bracket to the cylinder head.
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    9. Connect the positive battery cable at the power distribution box and the battery.
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  7. When installing the left valve cover, proceed as follows:
    1. Install the spark plug wire brackets on the studs and connect the wires to the spark plugs.
    2.  
    3. Install the windshield wiper module.
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    5. Connect the 42-pin connector and transmission harness connector. Install the connector on the retaining bracket.
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    7. Raise and safely support the vehicle. Position and connect the EVO sensor and oil pressure sending unit harness.
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    9. Lower the vehicle. Connect the fuel lines.
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  9. Connect the negative battery cable. Start the engine and check for leaks.
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Fig. Valve cover installation-4.6L engine

 
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