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How do you remove the Valve Cover on a 1999 Oldsmobile Intrigue?

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January 18, 2008 1:31PM

The valve covers are under the plastic engine cover. Remove this plastic cover and the two valve covers are visible, one in front and the other in the back (V6 engine). They are held on by several bolts (about 8-10 I think). You will have to remove the coil pack and plug shunts first to get them out of the way. The coil pack disconnects via a clip style plug, and five or six bolts hold them onto the valve covers. Each valve cover will still be firmly attached after removal of the valve cover bolts. Carefully take a thin putty knife or similar tool to work around the valve cover gasket to separate the metal cover from the engine block. Once the cover is removed, scrape off all remaining gasket and sealant material from both the valve cover and engine block. Replace the gasket using sealant and reinstall the cover in the reverse of the above. Torque the bolts following manufacturer's specs (I don't know what the torque specs or pattern is, sorry). Usually the torque will be about 30 ft-lb and the pattern will be from the middle out, but some motors are different. You may get lucky and not have any oil leaks if you don't do it this way, but you have been warned. Why remove the covers? Oil leak? Just for fun to see what's in there?