STEP 1: Remove the air cleaner assembly and outlet pipe. For additional information, refer to Section 303-12.
STEP 2: Remove the LH ignition coils. For additional information, refer to Section 303-07B.
STEP 3: Remove the oil level indicator and tube. For additional information, refer to Oil Level Indicator and Tube in this section.
STEP 4: Disconnect the evaporative emissions (EVAP) tube from the intake manifold.
STEP 5: Remove the PCV tube.
STEP 6: Disconnect the LH variable camshaft timing (VCT) solenoid electrical connector and detach the 2 wiring harness pin-type retainers.
STEP 7: Detach the 2 wiring harness retainers from the valve cover stud bolts.
STEP 8: CAUTION: Do not use metal scrapers, wire brushes, power abrasive discs or other abrasive means to clean the sealing surfaces. These tools cause scratches and gouges which make leak paths. Use a plastic scraping tool to remove all traces of old sealant.
Loosen the 15 fasteners and remove the LH valve cover and gasket.
- Clean the valve cover mating surface of the cylinder head with silicone gasket remover and metal surface prep. Follow the directions on the packaging.
- Discard the valve cover gasket. Clean the valve cover gasket groove with soap and water or a suitable solvent.
STEP 1: NOTE: If the valve cover is not secured within 4 minutes, the sealant must be removed and the sealing area cleaned with metal surface prep. Failure to follow this procedure can cause future oil leakage.
Apply a bead of silicone gasket and sealant in 2 places where the engine front cover meets the cylinder head.