Prevent Internal Oil Leaks by Replacing the Solenoid Gasket
Vehicles with longer mileage are easy targets of day-to-day problems. What's worse is that some of these wear and tear are not visible on the outside. This is the reason doing regular checkups on your vehicle is essential. Take for instance problems with oil leaks. While it's easy to spot external leaks, internal ones aren't, and they normally require users to manually check their engine bay for sign of leakage. An oil leak can be caused by a faulty valve cover gasket, but it can also be caused by a damaged solenoid gasket.
Things you'll need:
- Torque wrench
- Duct tape or masking tape
- Clean rags
- Brake cleaner spray
- Rubber gloves
- Solenoid gasket replacement
Step 1: Let your engine sit for an hour or so before you start the replacement process. Always perform this procedure on a cold engine.
Step 2: Disconnect the spark plug wires from the distributor and mark each of them using a duct tape or masking tape then label them one by one to know which wire is for which. Place the wires out of the way to avoid interference when removing the solenoid gasket.
Step 3: Unplug the grey connector, which is for the solenoid. Squeeze it then pull it out, then remove the screw on the bracket using a screwdriver. Move it to the side to access the bolts.
Step 4: Remove the other connecter for the oil pressure sensor, then place it on the side. This is also a squeezeandpull connector type.
Step 5: Wear rubber gloves since removing the valve housing is the next step. But place clean rags first around the area on which the valve is located. In this way, any oil that will spill out upon the removal of the valve will go straight to the rags and not spill on other parts.
Step 6: The valve gasket is secured in place by bolts. Use a wrench to loosen them then pull the housing by hand. Set it aside, but be careful when removing the valve to avoid spilling the oil.
Step 7: Use the rags and brake cleaner spray to clean the oil residue on the valve gasket and other parts.
Step 8: Gently remove the solenoid gasket. You may use a pair of small medical scissor or anything alike to easily take it out. If there are leaks on the gasket, then it is time to replace it with a new one that is compatible to your vehicle.
Step 9: Make sure that the valve gasket, especially where the solenoid should be, is clean before installing the replacement.
Step 10: Return all the components back to their original places and reconnect all wires. Keep in mind the number of bolts for the valve gasket and the correct connectors for the solenoid and the oil pressure sensor. Reconnect the spark plug wires as well.
Replacing the solenoid gasket should be easy, even if you're new to DIY car repairs. This procedure is easy and will take about 30 minutes to complete.