Tip to change valve cover gaskets on 04 srx 4.6l v8? Issues w/leaking?
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Cadillac SRX First Generation Forum - 2004 - 2009 Discussion, Tip to change valve cover gaskets on 04 srx 4.6l v8? Issues w/leaking? in Cadillac SRX Forums; Does changing the Valve Cover Gasket on the Passenger Side of 4.6l V8 require lifting the motor. I've replaced twice. ...
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    toddkellogg is offline Cadillac Owners Member
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    Tip to change valve cover gaskets on 04 srx 4.6l v8? Issues w/leaking?

    Does changing the Valve Cover Gasket on the Passenger Side of 4.6l V8 require lifting the motor. I've replaced twice. Still leaks....dammit! Put sealant on the second time (against the gasket manuf. instructions). Its holding on the other side (I think).

    Took it to my local chevy dealer(yes, chevy, they are really good) and they said the Northstar valve covers are Notorious for Warping!!! Imgine my horror after hearing this. NO GASKET OR GLUE WILL COMPENSATE FOR A BENT VALVE COVER! Dammit again, the time and energy I put into replacing that gasket and I hear that!

    Had to loosen one bolt from UNDER THE CAR.

    Anyone else having this/these issues? OIL SMELL IS ANNOYING W/ AC ON AND WINDOWS UP.

    ANY TIPS? THE PASSENGER SIDE IS ESP. DIFFICULT TO REMOVE? HARNESS N FENDER BESIDE MOTOR.

    DO I JUST NEED TO BUY NEW VALVE COVERS? ARE THEY MADE? IN STOCK W/ GM? My car has 128k miles n I otherwise enjoy it.

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    Re: Tip to change valve cover gaskets on 04 srx 4.6l v8? Issues w/leaking?

    If your cover is warped, I would replace it. You will never be able to get a proper seal if the cover is warped.

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