Re: Replacing Valve Cover Gasket On Honda Passport
I did valvecover gaskets on a 98 Isuzu Rodeo a few months back. Should be about the same process since theyre the same vehicle, just different badges...
6 hours seems a little steep. It took me about 4 hours total(my first time), including stripping down and re-finishing the valvecovers. If your semi-mechanically inclined, you should be able to handle this job with no problem. Bring patience. You will need it for the coil screws for cylinder 6.
Turning the bolts 1/2 a turn prob wont fix it. The gaskets get brittle and turn to plastic. Tightening the bolts will most likely cause them to crack even more. Theres only one way to fix this and thats to replace the valvecover gaskets.
The CEL coming on and blinking is probably unrelated. If the valvecover gaskets spark plug tube seals are leaking (they probably are), oil can saturate the ignition coils causing misfiring and the resulting CEL to come on and blink.
You did the right thing to stop driving it. Valvecover gaskets are a fairly common problem on older higher mileage vehicles, not just rodeos/passports. I wouldnt sell it just for that reason. Just be prepared that this job does take some time so as mentioned, BE PATIENT.
Oil consumption is also a known issue on these vehicles so make sure you check the oil often. Good luck!
(Wrong forum, so dont be surprised if the mods move this.)
Last edited by PyroProblem; 10-14-2010 at 05:18 PM.