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Old 06-04-2008, 09:31 AM   #1
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Default Valve cover gasket on '99 Sedan EX 4cyl.

Well I finally got around to replacing the valve cover gasket on my '99 Accord EX 5-speed with 4 cyl. I could not figure out how to get the old bolt gromets OFF the bolts!! The Fel-pro gasket set I got came with them but how do you get the old bolt gromets off and the new ones on??

Also MAN are the spark plug tube gaskets hard to get out!!
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Default Re: Valve cover gasket on '99 Sedan EX 4cyl. (shortlid)

For the spark plug tube gaskets I use a flat screw driver to pry them out. To install the new ones, I lightly oil the outside of the gasket and then push them into the valve cover.

For the bolt grommets... take a utility knife and cut the old ones off. Then I find a suitable socket that fits the grommet nicely and take the new grommets, socket, and bolt to the bench vice. Use a little oil to help the install, place everything into the vice as so... bolt/grommet/socket. slowly tighten up the vice while making sure the grommet does not slip into the socket and everything stays straight. Or you could muscle it in there but I prefer to do it the easier way.
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Default Re: Valve cover gasket on '99 Sedan EX 4cyl. (TouringAccord)

Don't have a vise. Might see if it is sealed ok with the old ones and keep teh new gromets for latter.
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Default Re: Valve cover gasket on '99 Sedan EX 4cyl. (shortlid)

I had the same issue when I was chainging the valve cover gasket on my 1999 Accord during the timing belt job.

The valve cover alone took more time then the whole timing belt job. What a nightmare. I didn't have a vise either. I didn't change the gorment as well.
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Default Re: Valve cover gasket on '99 Sedan EX 4cyl. (ZMan3000)

Does your valve cover gaskets leak?? Click the image to open in full size.
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Default Re: Valve cover gasket on '99 Sedan EX 4cyl. (shortlid)

you could try using a c-clamp?

or just muscle them on. It'll take a while and probably hurt your hands a bit but thats the way I did it my first time on my Accord. Since then I've used a vise to make it easier on myself.
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Default Re: Valve cover gasket on '99 Sedan EX 4cyl. (shortlid)

I used a lighter, heat up the grommets and squeeze em in. Worked great for me.
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