Replacing the Valve Cover Grommet in Eight Easy Steps
A small component like a grommet still plays a huge role in the overall operation of your vehicle. Once your grommet or gasket wears out, it can result in various problems that can cause your problems while driving. While you still can, it is important that you take the time to inspect the condition of your valve cover grommets and gaskets. This part, which is usually made from steel or aluminum, is prone to wear and tear due to rust and corrosion. It can just fall off without you knowing it. Once you see that your valve cover grommet is already worn-out, buy a new one and replace it immediately. Replacement is very easy, and you can always find original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts either online or offline.
Difficulty level: Moderate
What you'll need:
- Flathead screwdriver
- Two-jaw puller
- Clean cloth and mild soap
- Replacement valve cover grommet
Step 1: Locate the position of the valve cover. If you are not that familiar with the location of your vehicle's components, refer to your owner's manual.
Step 2: Check the condition of your new valve cover grommet. Make sure that it doesn't have any cuts or chips to ensure that it will not fail immediately.
Step 3: Remove the spark plugs wires from your vehicle. Do this carefully to avoid any accidents. Next, remove the crankcase breather hose that goes into the intake tube.
Step 4: Take off any hoses or tubes that are attached to the valve cover. Remove pins and hooks that hold them in place. Make sure to handle the tubes with care to keep them from getting damaged.
Step 5: Remove the four bolts that hold the valve cover. Stick a flathead screwdriver in between the head and the valve cover, and then slowly pry it until it's loose.
Step 6: Inspect the condition of the old gasket and grommet. If they are already worn out, set them aside or dispose of them. Pull them using a two-jaw puller. Do not reuse them especially if they are already rusted or cracked. Never try sealing the broken ones using silicone. The silicone can get down inside the valve cover and cause blockage to the oil package.
Step 7: Replace the old grommet with new one. Make sure to apply only gentle pressure to keep from breaking it. Push it only, and do not pound it. You may want to also clean up the area while you are at it. Put on the grommet in, and reassemble the parts.
Step 8: Test drive your vehicle to know if there are any other problems.
Just like that, you have already changed your valve cover grommet. You can finish the installation of your new grommet in at least 30 minutes to an hour. Just make sure to be careful when doing so, since grommets are small parts that could easily get cracked. While you are at it, you might also consider inspecting the condition of the other gaskets and grommets in your vehicle.