2001 Chrysler Town & Country Replace Valve Cover Gasket

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The valve cover sits on top of the cylinder head. Most people know it as the place where they put the oil in the car. The valve cover prevents oil from spraying all over, as the cylinder head is flooded with oil. When the gasket fails, oil will leak out of it, getting all over the engine. It only takes a few minutes to replace the gasket, so there is no need to waste your money on high labor costs at a repair shop.

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[edit] Replace Valve Cover Gasket

  • Open the engine compartment and disconnect the negative battery cable using a wrench to loosen the terminal nut. Label the proper location of each spark plug wire with the marker and masking tape. Pull each wire from the spark plug by grasping the boot and pulling it off. Remove the spark plugs using a socket, ratchet, and extension. Remove the grounding strap from the valve cover, using a screwdriver to remove the screws.
  • Unplug the PCV valve from the valve cover by pulling it off. Loosen the screw on the breather hose clamp and pull it away from the pipe. Remove the bolts from the valve cover using a socket and ratchet. Lift the valve cover away from the cylinder head. Peel the gasket material away from the cylinder head. If there is any material stuck to the head, use the screwdriver to scrape it away.
  • Place a new gasket on the cylinder. Sit the valve cover on top of the gasket. Start the valve cover bolts by hand. Tighten the bolts in an X-pattern until all are snug. Do not over-tighten the bolts. Plug the PCV valve into the valve cover. Connect the breather hose and tighten the clamp with a screwdriver. Connect the grounding strap and tighten the screws with the screwdriver. Install the spark plugs and tighten each one with the socket, ratchet, and extension.
  • Plug the spark plug wires into their proper locations. Connect the negative battery terminal and tighten the nut with the wrench.

[edit] Tips & Warnings

  • Make sure you label each spark plug wire as instructed. If you put them back on in the wrong places, the car will misfire.
  • Disconnect the battery as instructed to prevent electrical shock.
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