Equinox 2005-2007, Torrent 2006-07

Valve Covers

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Removal & Installation



Left Side
  1. Remove the engine appearance cover.
  2.  
  3. Disconnect the left side spark plug wires from the retainers.
  4.  
  5. Remove the bolt and the spark plug wire support.
  6.  
  7. Disconnect the PCV foul air pipe from the PCV valve.

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    Fig. Disconnect the PCV foul air pipe (1) from the PCV valve.

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  9. Remove the oil filler cap from the valve rocker arm cover.
    NOTE
    Valve rocker arm cover gasket and sealant must be carefully trimmed away from lower intake manifold gasket. Failure to do so will damage the lower intake manifold gasket, causing a severe oil leak.

  10.  
  11. Loosen the valve rocker arm cover bolts.
    NOTE
    When removing the valve rocker arm cover, ensure the gasket stays in place attached to the cylinder head.

  12.  
  13. Remove the valve rocker arm cover. Bump the end of the valve rocker arm cover with the palm of your hand or a soft rubber mallet if the cover adheres to the cylinder head.
  14.  
  15. Trim the valve cover gasket and sealant away from the lower intake manifold gasket at the cylinder head to the lower intake manifold joints.
  16.  
  17. Remove the rocker arm cover gasket.
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To install:

  1. Clean the sealing surface on the cylinder head with degreaser.
  2.  
  3. Clean the valve rocker arm cover.
    NOTE
    All gasket mating surfaces need to be free of oil and foreign material. Use GM P/N 12346139 (Canadian P/N 10953463) or equivalent to clean surfaces.


    NOTE
    Apply sealant GM P/N 12378521 (Canadian P/N 88901148) or equivalent, at the cylinder head to lower intake manifold joint.



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    Fig. Apply sealant at the cylinder head to lower intake manifold joints

  4.  
  5. Apply sealant at the cylinder head to lower intake manifold joints.
  6.  
  7. Install a new gasket to the valve rocker arm cover. Ensure the gasket is properly seated in the groove of the valve rocker arm cover.
  8.  
  9. Install the valve rocker arm cover. Tighten the bolts to 89 inch lbs. (10 Nm).
  10.  
  11. Install the oil filler cap to the valve rocker arm cover.
  12.  
  13. Connect the PCV foul air pipe to the PCV valve.
  14.  
  15. Install the spark plug wire support and bolt. Tighten the bolt to 18 ft. lbs. (25 Nm).
  16.  
  17. Connect the left side spark plug wires to the spark plug wire retainers.
  18.  
  19. Install the fuel injector sight shield.
  20.  

Right Side
  1. Remove the engine appearance cover.
  2.  
  3. Remove the alternator mounting bracket.
  4.  
  5. Remove the ignition control module bracket from the engine with the ignition control module and spark plug wires still attached. Position out of the way.
  6.  
  7. Disconnect the PCV fresh air pipe from the right valve rocker arm cover.
    NOTE
    Valve rocker arm cover gasket and sealant must be carefully trimmed away from lower intake manifold gasket. Failure to do so will damage the lower intake manifold gasket, causing a severe oil leak.



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    Fig. Remove the PCV fresh air pipe from the right valve cover.

  8.  
  9. Loosen the valve rocker arm cover bolts.
    NOTE
    When removing the valve rocker arm cover, ensure the gasket stays in place attached to the cylinder head.

  10.  
  11. Remove the valve rocker arm cover. Bump the end of the valve rocker arm cover with the palm of your hand or a soft rubber mallet if the cover adheres to the cylinder head.
  12.  
  13. Trim the valve cover gasket and sealant away from the lower intake manifold gasket at the cylinder head to lower intake manifold joints.
  14.  
  15. Remove the valve rocker arm cover gasket.
  16.  

To install:

  1. Clean the sealing surface on the cylinder head with degreaser.
  2.  
  3. Clean the valve rocker arm cover.
    NOTE
    All gasket mating surfaces need to be free of oil and foreign material. Use GM P/N 12346139 (Canadian P/N 10953463) or equivalent to clean surfaces.


    NOTE
    Apply sealer GM P/N 12378521 (Canadian P/N 88901148) or equivalent, at the cylinder head to lower intake manifold joint.

  4.  
  5. Apply sealant at the cylinder head to lower intake manifold joints.
  6.  
  7. Install a new gasket to the valve rocker arm cover. Ensure the gasket is properly seated in the groove of the valve rocker arm cover.
  8.  
  9. Install the valve rocker arm cover. Tighten the bolts to 89 inch lbs. (10 Nm).
  10.  
  11. Connect the PCV fresh air pipe to the right valve rocker arm cover.
  12.  
  13. Install the ignition control module bracket with the ignition control module and spark plug wired still attached.
  14.  
  15. Install the alternator bracket. Torque to 37 ft. lbs. (50 Nm).
  16.  
  17. Install the engine appearance cover..
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