LaCrosse 2006-2007

Valve Covers

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Removal & Installation



3.6L Engine
  1. Remove the upper intake manifold with the lower intake manifold.
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  3. Disconnect the ignition coil electrical connectors.
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  5. Remove the wiring harness from the side of the valve cover by sliding the conduit down and outboard.
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  7. Remove the wiring conduit retainers from the valve cover by rotating the wiring harness conduit retainers counterclockwise.
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  9. Remove the wiring harness from the front of the valve cover.
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  11. Reposition and secure the wiring harnesses away from the valve cover in order to provide clearance.
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  13. Remove the ignition coils.
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  15. On the left side, loosen the left engine strut bracket and strut bracket to cylinder head bolts.
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  17. On both sides, remove the valve cover bolts and valve cover.
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  19. Remove and discard the valve cover seal and grommets. DO NOT reuse.
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To install:

  1. Install a NEW valve cover seal and NEW grommets.
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  3. Place a bead 8mm (0.3150 in) in diameter by 4mm (0.1575 in) in height of RTV sealant on the engine front cover split lines 
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  5. Place the left valve cover into position onto the left cylinder head.
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  7. Loosely install the left valve cover bolts.
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  9. Tighten the left valve cover bolts to 89 inch lbs. (10 Nm) in the sequence shown.

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    Fig. Left valve cover bolt tightening sequence-3.6L engine

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  11. Place the right valve cover into position onto the left cylinder head.
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  13. Loosely install the right valve cover bolts.
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  15. Tighten the right valve cover bolts to 89 inch lbs. (10 Nm) in the sequence shown.

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    Fig. Right valve cover bolt tightening sequence-3.6L engine

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  17. On the left side, tighten the left engine strut bracket and strut bracket to cylinder head bolts.
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  19. Install the ignition coils.
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  21. Position and secure the wiring harnesses to the valve cover.
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  23. Install the wiring harness to the front of the valve cover.
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  25. Install the wiring conduit retainers to the valve cover by rotating the wiring harness conduit retainers clockwise.
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  27. Install the wiring harness to the side of the valve cover by sliding the conduit up and inboard.
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  29. Connect the ignition coil electrical connectors.
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  31. Install the upper intake manifold with the lower intake manifold.
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3.8L Engine
Left Side
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  3. Remove the left engine lift bracket bolt and nut from the engine lift bracket.
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  5. Remove the left engine lift bracket from the cylinder head.
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  7. Remove the right engine mount strut bracket.
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  9. Remove the left spark plug wires from the spark plugs.
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  11. Remove the left spark plug wire cover from the left valve cover.
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  13. Remove the left valve cover bolts.
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  15. Remove the left valve cover and gasket.
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  17. Clean the valve rocker arm mating surfaces.
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  19. Clean the valve cover bolts of all thread locking adhesive.
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To install:

  1. Install the new valve cover gasket. Make sure that valve cover gasket is seated properly in the valve cover groove.
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  3. Install the left valve cover.
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  5. Apply threadlock compound to the valve cover bolt threads.
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  7. Install the left valve cover bolts and tighten to 89 inch lbs. (10 Nm).
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  9. Install the left spark plug wire cover to the left valve cover.
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  11. Install the left spark plug wires to the spark plugs.
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  13. Install the right engine mount strut bracket.
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  15. Install the left engine lift bracket to the cylinder head.
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  17. Install the left engine lift bracket bolt and the nut and tighten to 22 ft. lbs. (30 Nm).
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  19. Connect the negative battery cable.
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  21. Check and fill the crankcase as necessary.
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  23. Inspect for oil leaks.
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Right Side
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  3. Remove the fuel injector sight shield.
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  5. Remove the accessory drive belt tensioner.
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  7. Remove the right spark plug wires from the spark plugs.
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  9. Remove the fuel injector sight shield bracket nuts.
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  11. Remove the fuel injector sight shield bracket.
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  13. Remove the right engine lift bracket bolt and the nut from the engine lift bracket.
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  15. Remove the right engine lift bracket from the exhaust manifold.
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  17. Remove the right valve cover bolts.
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  19. Remove the right valve cover and gasket.
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  21. Clean the valve cover gasket mating surfaces.
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  23. Clean the valve cover bolts of all thread locking adhesive.
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To install:

  1. Install the new valve cover gasket.
  2.  
  3. Install the right valve cover.
  4.  
  5. Apply threadlock compound to the valve cover bolt threads.
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  7. Install the right valve cover bolts and tighten to 89 inch lbs. (10 Nm).
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  9. Install the right engine lift bracket to the exhaust manifold.
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  11. Install the right engine lift bracket bolt and the nut and tighten to 22 ft. lbs. (30 Nm).
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  13. Install the fuel injector sight shield bracket to the exhaust manifold.
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  15. Install the fuel injector sight shield bracket nuts and tighten to 22 ft. lbs. (30 Nm).
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  17. Install the right spark plug wires to the right spark plugs.
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  19. Install the accessory drive belt tensioner.
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  21. Install the fuel injector sight shield.
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  23. Connect the negative battery cable.
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  25. Check and fill the crankcase as necessary.
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  27. Inspect for oil leaks.
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