Repair Pontiac Mid-size 1974-1983 Repair Guide

Valve Cover

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION





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Fig. Fig. 1 To remove the valve cover, disconnect the vacuum hose from the power brake booster



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Fig. Fig. 2 Unfasten the valve cover retaining bolts ...



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Fig. Fig. 3 ... then remove the valve cover from the cylinder head



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Fig. Fig. 4 Remove and discard the valve cover gasket



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Fig. Fig. 5 If required, apply sealer to the valve cover before installation

  1. Remove air cleaner.
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  3. Disconnect and reposition as necessary any vacuum or PCV hoses that obstruct the valve covers.
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  5. Disconnect electrical wire(s) (spark plug, etc.) from the valve cover clips.
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  7. Unbolt and remove the valve cover(s).
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Do not pry the covers off if they seem stuck. Instead, gently tap around each cover with a rubber mallet until the old gasket or sealer breaks loose.

To install:

  1. Use a new valve cover gasket or RTV (or any equivalent) sealer. If using sealer, follow directions on the tube. Install valve cover and tighten cover bolts to 3 ft. lbs.
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  3. Connect and reposition all vacuum and PCV hoses, and reconnect electrical and/or spark plug wires at the cover clips. Install the air cleaner.
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