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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old Mar 23rd, 19, 9:57 PM Thread Starter
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Don't EVER want to hear any gripes about changing valve cover gaskets

Because this is what I had to go through to change the valve cover gasket on the wife's car. I put new o-rings on the injectors while I was in there since I hope they will never see the light of day again while we own it. The timing chain was a tight as a drum which is amazing given that this thing has 224k on it.
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Re: Don't EVER want to hear any gripes about changing valve cover gask

Yep. Looks like a typical day at the Euro shop that I work at now. Been turning wrenches for over 30 years but the last 2 at this shop seen some interesting "engineering".


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Re: Don't EVER want to hear any gripes about changing valve cover gask

Yesterday. My D.D had to go through that to change a burned-out Xenon bulb. Crazy & not cheap. Timing chain should be changed now, plus stabilizer bar link has slop (way too many potholes around right now). Wifey saw the estimate $$$ (I didn't intend for her to see it) and next thing you know we are looking at new cars. I really like what I already have. I tried to explain that car maintenance expense still pales by comparison to new car payments.
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Re: Don't EVER want to hear any gripes about changing valve cover gask

I was just gonna say, wait til you have to change one of those headlight assemblies, same stuff almost has to be removed from the front of the car!!
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It seems like these cars need the one piece fiberglass front ends that can come off more easily. lol
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Re: Don't EVER want to hear any gripes about changing valve cover gask

Had to do the same thing to change the alternator on my sons Mini Cooper.
Not real difficult just a bunch of stuff to remove and replace.
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I had to do the timing chain on one of those, dislocated a rib getting the transmission snaked out from the subframe. To do the water pump you have to disconnect everything and slide the engine over to get room. It's almost easier to pull the entire engine and transaxle out to do anything!
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Re: Don't EVER want to hear any gripes about changing valve cover gask

While this car is a blast with the 2.8L V6 (well, technically a W6), this car just doesn't package the 6 very well. The 4 would be much easier to work on. Heck, I'd have to tear it apart this far just to change the alternator. I had to tear it down this far, and a little more, to change the radiator last fall. I had to tear the bumper off to swap out the headlights! But, to be fair, the bumper cover comes off and on easily enough.

The good news is, even after 16 years and 224k miles every bolt came out without any issues each time, no corrosion anywhere that caused a problem.
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BTW, Volkswagen calls this the "service position". At a VW shop just getting it into and out of "service position" is about $800-$1000, not counting the work that needs to be done once you get it there.
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I feel for you, put timing belt, WP, t stat, plugs and new VC gaskets on my 03 CTS in December. Damn plastic vc's leak a little when it's really cold out. Looks like I have to pull front wheel and inner well to change turn signal bulb.

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BTW, Volkswagen calls this the "service position". .
I don't think its the car they are referring to when they say "Service Position"


Changed the electric water pump on my Wife's BMW, similar story but not as much panel removal.
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I feel for you, put timing belt, WP, t stat, plugs and new VC gaskets on my 03 CTS in December. Damn plastic vc's leak a little when it's really cold out. Looks like I have to pull front wheel and inner well to change turn signal bulb.
It was similar when I helped my brother change the headlight assemblies on his Avalanche. It would be near impossible to change some of the bulbs in there without pulling the headlight assembly out first and to do that you have to remove the grill and other smaller pieces. Ridiculous. My old 85 MR2 was easier to work on and it was a very tightly packaged little machine.
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To Rich.....my condolences.

Even getting at the oil filter on our '12 Buick Enclave is a pain. It's in front of the radiator. You almost have to be a contortionist with skinny arms and small hands to get it done. Only accessible from the top. Keep the Bandaids handy.

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Re: Don't EVER want to hear any gripes about changing valve cover gask

Just like working on a Duramax or any V8 deisel . What a fiasco and to think the dealers are rushing techs to get those jobs done .

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