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Old 11-15-2012, 07:24 AM   #1
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I recently just bought a 2000 ranger 2.5 and believe i have a leak coming from the valve cover gasket. What im asking is for.some insight on how to replace it and what surprises might to be expected, also which company i.should buy.the actual gasket from bosch,ac denco etc.
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Old 11-15-2012, 09:56 AM   #2
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Not sure with that engine what surprises you might encounter, but did you try to tighten the VC or check the bolts? Vibration can cause them to back off a bit and might be all it needs is tightening...but don't over torque them because it can cause a leak...or worsen the situation...I think they are something like 15 inch pounds of torque but I don't have my manual handy...

I've used the blue rubber VC gaskets for quite a while...they tend to stretch once heated so they are not a good choice if you have to remove the VC and they are about four times the price of a cork gasket.

I've seen some actually glued onto the VC base...meaning this is a common problem with these engines...
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Old 11-15-2012, 11:47 AM   #3
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I prefer the blue rubber gasket, you can get one from FelPro. They do tend to stretch, but they are re usable, i have had my valve cover off too many times to list, and always use the same gasket for the last 4 years at least. The cork gaskets leak easier and are temperamental to proper torque and a perfectly smooth VC. The rubber is never going to get over-tourqued because of the steel rings at the holes, you will strip out the bolt hole before you compress it too far (ive done it). before you go and do it make sure your EGR tube will come loose from the ends if its in the way.
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The valve cover bolts come out easy, but when you go to pull the cover off, you will need to twist it and pull it at an angle to get it out. The back will not want to lift past the firewall and wire harness that runs to the ecu. Remove the bolts holding the harness in place, so you can manipulate it. Be patient and rotate it until you find the sweet spot. And take your time before cinching down the cover, as you put it back on it usually moves the gasket out of place. So be sure its strait!

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