Kia Sportage 1998-02

Valve Covers

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Removal & Installation



  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
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  3. Disconnect the negative battery terminal. Proceed to remove the hose at the resonance chamber.
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  5. Remove one bolt and the resonance chamber, and then remove the two accelerator cable bracket bolts from the valve cover.
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  7. Remove the two air intake tubes-to-valve cover bolts.
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  9. Disconnect the accelerator cable by pulling back on the throttle shaft and rotating the accelerator cable until it lines up with the slot in the pulley.
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  11. Loosen the air hose clamp from the air intake hose to the MAF sensor.
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  13. Remove the IAC and breather hoses, and the vacuum line from the air intake tube.
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  15. Remove the three bolts from the air intake tube to the throttle body and remove the air intake tube and air intake hose as an assembly.
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  17. Remove the six coil cover bolts from the top of the valve cover.
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  19. Disconnect the electrical connectors from the ignition coils.
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  21. Remove the four bolts (two each) from the ignition coils to the valve cover.
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  23. Remove the spark plug wires from the spark plugs.
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  25. Remove the 15 valve cover bolts.
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  27. Remove the valve cover.
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To install:

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Fig. Place a small amount of sealer at the corners of the float camshaft caps and the distributor mounting cap

  1. Place a small amount of sealer at the corners of the float camshaft caps and the distributor mounting cap.
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  3. Place valve cover on top of cylinder head.
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  5. Secure cover with 15 bolts and tighten to 35-52 inch lbs. (4-6 Nm).
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  7. Install the ignition coils and connect the spark plug wires to the spark plugs.
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  9. Fasten the two coils to the valve cover with the four mounting bolts and tighten to 60 inch lbs. (7 Nm).
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  11. Connect the two ignition coil connectors.
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  13. Install coil cover and secure with six bolts. Tighten to 30-40 inch lbs. (3-5 Nm).
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  15. Install air intake hose and air intake tube as an assembly. Secure air intake tube to throttle body with three bolts and tighten to 18 ft. lbs. (24 Nm).
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  17. Install the two air intake tube-to-valve cover bolts and tighten to 16 ft. lbs. (22 Nm).
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  19. Connect the accelerator cable by pulling back on the throttle shaft pulley and inserting the cable in the slot. Release the throttle to the closed position.
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  21. Install the IAC and breather hoses, and the vacuum line to the air intake tube.
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  23. Connect the air intake hose to the MAF sensor and tighten the clamp.
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  25. Install the resonance chamber and secure with one bolt. Tighten the two clamps.
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  27. Connect the negative battery cable.
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