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Valve cover gaskets

 
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Old 12-06-2009, 10:21 PM
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Valve cover gaskets

I know its a job we all hate doing but its time for me to do mine its a 1989 ford f150 302 and i was wondering the simplest way to change the gaskets.
 
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Old 12-06-2009, 10:24 PM
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You'll just have to remove anything that will prevent you from taking them off. Spark plug wires, vacuum hoses, etc. Does your truck have an upper intake? If so you'll probably have to remove that as well.

Pay attention to your new gaskets as well. I don't know what type you're planning on getting, but I got rubber ones when I did mine, and they are labeled which side is to face the head and which side faces the cover.
 
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Old 12-06-2009, 11:15 PM
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Just did mine today on the 95 F350, 5.8L, here is what you do, uplug and deattach anything from the upper intake. There is 6 bolts that hold in upper to the lower intake, in the middle of the upper, 1 of the 2 bolts is a T40 torx, you will need a extra long torx or a T40 bit, in a 1/4 socket to get at the bolt. The intake is very tight around that bolt and doesnt allow for a standard 3/8 drive T40 socket. Once you get that off, the covers are very easy. I dont even undo the plug wire or anything. Just move em away from the covers, and take the 6 bolts on each cover off, and pull em up. VERY IMPORTAINT: Dont drop anything down the intake runners, or into the oil holes in the head. GASKETS TO USE: I use FelPro Permaseals. They are steel with rubber surrounding em, they work awesome and you will not have to change gaskets again. I used to change the cork ones every year or so, and got tired of it. Have yet to see a drop of oil leak from these.
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