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Re: Valve Cover Gasket Replacement Instructions

Postby crs95 » Wed Mar 25, 2015 2:36 pm

OK. Get everything buttoned back up. Top off the coolant.
Lowered the transmission and secured it to the crossmember.
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Every coolant line and vacuum line was replaced.
You'll need to remember that when you install your upper intake that you need to go ahead and reattach the vacuum crossover valve bracket at the same time. Two of the long intake bolts hold the bracket to the intake itself.


You don't want to have to take them off just to reattch the valve bracket. I would wait until last to reattach the coils bracket. You will need to reinstall the rigid coolant/vacuum tube that runs across the front of the engine and it is easier if you do not have the coils bracket in the way.


Reinstall the fuel pump fuse and crank the car. It will take a few cranks and it will run lousy for about a minute. Let it run for a few minutes and make sure the coolant is filled up and that you see no leaks at any of the hoses or on the ground.

You are done!
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Re: Valve Cover Gasket Replacement Instructions

Postby DrMark » Sun May 24, 2015 8:44 pm

Great thread! Many thanks!

A question about the coolant hoses running from the forward intake side of the heads to the area under the thermostat housing... Are these special hoses with certain part numbers? Or, are these a standard size coolant hose that I can cut to length after buying hose of a certain (?) size?

Hoses are marked with an arrow in the pic below. Thanks!

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Re: Valve Cover Gasket Replacement Instructions

Postby crs95 » Sun May 24, 2015 9:34 pm

Both of those should be a cut and replace hose with no special part number. If you can, find a European/Japanese parts house and try to get metric hoses. They fit so much better. If that's not possible, find the smaller SAE size. I would rather have a more snug fit than try to clamp it to hold it.
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Re: Valve Cover Gasket Replacement Instructions

Postby DrMark » Sun May 24, 2015 10:51 pm

crs95 wrote:Both of those should be a cut and replace hose with no special part number. If you can, find a European/Japanese parts house and try to get metric hoses. They fit so much better. If that's not possible, find the smaller SAE size. I would rather have a more snug fit than try to clamp it to hold it.

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Re: Valve Cover Gasket Replacement Instructions

Postby isuzu95 » Mon May 25, 2015 12:56 pm

That hose that runs from the front of one cyl head to the other is part number 8-97075-341-1 if working on a 1993 - 1995 3.2L Rodeo. It may also work for 1996 - 1997. Not sure about those.
It's number 23 in this photo

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I seem to recall Jerry Lemond - JLEMOND - once told me that either transmission fluid line or something sturdy like 30R9 fuel injection line will work.

I have this thing hanging on the wall in the garage. There are 3 hoses that attach to a t-connector. One hose has an Inner diameter(ID) of approx. 3/16". The other two hoses are approx. 1/4" ID.

When this hose leaks, it creates the impression that your water pump is leaking as he coolant flow follows the same path as a leaky water pump.

Also - this hose is not documented in either the 94-95 Factory Service Manual or the 95.5 Factory Service Manual.
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Re: Valve Cover Gasket Replacement Instructions

Postby DrMark » Mon May 25, 2015 2:47 pm

isuzu95 wrote:That hose that runs from the front of one cyl head to the other...


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Re: Valve Cover Gasket Replacement Instructions

Postby babyjames » Thu Jun 25, 2015 2:29 pm

Wow! In the midst of this valve cover gasket/spark plug tube replacement. This job is [no picnic]!!! A million thanks for the writeup and pix. I thought I had all the socket head bolts out of the v/c's, but couldn't get the bloody things to come off. Looked at your photos, counted the holes and found out where that eleventh bolt was hiding - middle-rear. I sincerely hope I don't have to do this again any time soon. My labor estimating guide says 5.0 hrs. to do both sides. Bet the guys at the dealership could have beat that, back in the day, by I am definitely on the losing end.

Again, many, many thanks for taking the time....

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Re: Valve Cover Gasket Replacement Instructions

Postby crs95 » Thu Jun 25, 2015 2:35 pm

You are most welcome. I'm glad the write-up is paying dividends for everyone.
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Re: Valve Cover Gasket Replacement Instructions

Postby babyjames » Fri Jun 26, 2015 5:02 pm

Definitely lost my butt on this one, but it is back together! As an added bonus, or bonuses, rather, I noticed that the plastic keeper dingus for the lower radiator hose was broken and the belt/pulley was sawing through said hose, and I think I found my coolant leak! Fingers are CROSSED! Would sincerely love to just drive this beast for at least a couple months before tackling any more projects.

For those who may be curious, the coolant was coming from the upper rad hose/rad junction. I put the pressure tester on it the other day and it didn't leak there, but today it did, and that is directly above the location of the puddles I've been getting. Rotated the hose clamp 180 deg and tightened her down... held 14 psi for about 1/2 hour. I'm satisfied!

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