Camry Valve gasket 95

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Old 12 Oct 2005, 10:04 pm   #1 (permalink)
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Default Camry Valve gasket 95

How easy is it to change the valve gasket on 95 4 cyl camry ? the
chilton manual does not have the right directions to open the cover.
how does it come off ? The chilton manual suggests removing bolts from
the top, which is not actually there in 95 model. Tia.

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Old 13 Oct 2005, 06:05 am   #2 (permalink)
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Oh, the Chilton manual suggestion is spot-on indeed. There is a large bolt
(32mm, maybe?) around each spark plug tube.

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Old 13 Oct 2005, 12:50 pm   #3 (permalink)
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You need a 30mm socket.
They're not exactly bolts at the top, but you do have them.
They are nuts that retain the valve cover by threading onto the spark
plug tubes, so with the four cylinder engine, there are four.
Would recommend checking the Haynes manual.
There are locations that require "FIPG" (form in place gasket material)
when replacing the valve cover gasket. A spot of sealant goes where the
round portion of the cams meets the flat portions of the gasket sealing
surfaces.
You don't have to use Toyota brand FIPG (I did), but you do have to use
a type of RTV sealant that avoids acetic acid in the compound to avoid
damage to your oxygen sensor, and the Toyota brand FIPG works very
well.
Also, be sure the sealing surfaces are completely clean and free of any
oil.
Good idea to use a solvent first, before placing the gasket. Berryman
B12 carburetor cleaner is good because it dries without a residue.
You might want to think about replacing the PCV valve and grommet while
you're there. They're inexpensive and if the valve cover gasket is
seeping, the PCV grommet is probably hardened also. If it starts to
break in pieces when removing, it is much easier to remove those piece
by holding the valve cover upside down.
Another nearby seal, that you might want to replace is the distributor
seal - inexpensive and not difficult, though you need to check ignition
timing when done.
Post again for more information if needed.
Final caution on the valve cover gasket - the Haynes maintenance and
repair manual, with nice photos, lists the wrong torque value for those
valve cover gasket nuts at the spark plug tubes. The Toyota Factory
Service Manual shows 29 ft. lbs. for the lower threads that install
into the head. For the upper portion that you'll be using for gasket
replacement, the correct value is 17 ft. lbs. not 29.

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Old 13 Oct 2005, 01:57 pm   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks a lot guys, I will try and pickup a Haynes Manual, as I am
trouble locating the bolts to begin with. I've uploaded a couple of
images online for everyone to see. The one with yellow circle is the
only one I can see that has a bolt on top, like Chilton manual suggest.

http://img447.imageshack.us/my.php?i...10100072ar.jpg
http://img447.imageshack.us/my.php?i...10100081cw.jpg

Daniel wrote:
> You need a 30mm socket.
> They're not exactly bolts at the top, but you do have them.
> They are nuts that retain the valve cover by threading onto the spark
> plug tubes, so with the four cylinder engine, there are four.
> Would recommend checking the Haynes manual.
> There are locations that require "FIPG" (form in place gasket material)
> when replacing the valve cover gasket. A spot of sealant goes where the
> round portion of the cams meets the flat portions of the gasket sealing
> surfaces.
> You don't have to use Toyota brand FIPG (I did), but you do have to use
> a type of RTV sealant that avoids acetic acid in the compound to avoid
> damage to your oxygen sensor, and the Toyota brand FIPG works very
> well.
> Also, be sure the sealing surfaces are completely clean and free of any
> oil.
> Good idea to use a solvent first, before placing the gasket. Berryman
> B12 carburetor cleaner is good because it dries without a residue.
> You might want to think about replacing the PCV valve and grommet while
> you're there. They're inexpensive and if the valve cover gasket is
> seeping, the PCV grommet is probably hardened also. If it starts to
> break in pieces when removing, it is much easier to remove those piece
> by holding the valve cover upside down.
> Another nearby seal, that you might want to replace is the distributor
> seal - inexpensive and not difficult, though you need to check ignition
> timing when done.
> Post again for more information if needed.
> Final caution on the valve cover gasket - the Haynes maintenance and
> repair manual, with nice photos, lists the wrong torque value for those
> valve cover gasket nuts at the spark plug tubes. The Toyota Factory
> Service Manual shows 29 ft. lbs. for the lower threads that install
> into the head. For the upper portion that you'll be using for gasket
> replacement, the correct value is 17 ft. lbs. not 29.


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Old 13 Oct 2005, 03:03 pm   #5 (permalink)
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Default Re: Camry Valve gasket 95

just checked with Haynes manual, that was so easy to find.
maxchismo@gmail.com wrote:
> Thanks a lot guys, I will try and pickup a Haynes Manual, as I am
> trouble locating the bolts to begin with. I've uploaded a couple of
> images online for everyone to see. The one with yellow circle is the
> only one I can see that has a bolt on top, like Chilton manual suggest.
>
> http://img447.imageshack.us/my.php?i...10100072ar.jpg
> http://img447.imageshack.us/my.php?i...10100081cw.jpg
>
> Daniel wrote:
> > You need a 30mm socket.
> > They're not exactly bolts at the top, but you do have them.
> > They are nuts that retain the valve cover by threading onto the spark
> > plug tubes, so with the four cylinder engine, there are four.
> > Would recommend checking the Haynes manual.
> > There are locations that require "FIPG" (form in place gasket material)
> > when replacing the valve cover gasket. A spot of sealant goes where the
> > round portion of the cams meets the flat portions of the gasket sealing
> > surfaces.
> > You don't have to use Toyota brand FIPG (I did), but you do have to use
> > a type of RTV sealant that avoids acetic acid in the compound to avoid
> > damage to your oxygen sensor, and the Toyota brand FIPG works very
> > well.
> > Also, be sure the sealing surfaces are completely clean and free of any
> > oil.
> > Good idea to use a solvent first, before placing the gasket. Berryman
> > B12 carburetor cleaner is good because it dries without a residue.
> > You might want to think about replacing the PCV valve and grommet while
> > you're there. They're inexpensive and if the valve cover gasket is
> > seeping, the PCV grommet is probably hardened also. If it starts to
> > break in pieces when removing, it is much easier to remove those piece
> > by holding the valve cover upside down.
> > Another nearby seal, that you might want to replace is the distributor
> > seal - inexpensive and not difficult, though you need to check ignition
> > timing when done.
> > Post again for more information if needed.
> > Final caution on the valve cover gasket - the Haynes maintenance and
> > repair manual, with nice photos, lists the wrong torque value for those
> > valve cover gasket nuts at the spark plug tubes. The Toyota Factory
> > Service Manual shows 29 ft. lbs. for the lower threads that install
> > into the head. For the upper portion that you'll be using for gasket
> > replacement, the correct value is 17 ft. lbs. not 29.


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Old 13 Oct 2005, 03:38 pm   #6 (permalink)
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Guess you've figured out by now, the bolt you circled is only retaining
the plastic holder for the spark plug wires.
One more thing, - this is mentioned in the Haynes manual - they give a
complete procedure for R & R valve cover,
you need to loosen or remove the upper two timing belt cover bolts to
lift the wiring loom out of the way.
These (10mm) bolts have restricted access. First time I did this I used
a standard combination wrench - you won't get a socket and ratchet
handle to fit with the limited clearance, and it's one of those
situations where you can only turn the wrench a tiny bit, then you need
to lift the box end of the wrench off the bolt head.
Wound up buying a set of "GearWrench" brand metric from Sears. These
wrenches are very nice. Just like a standard combination wrench, but
with a reversible ratchet built in, which makes a job like removing
those bolts very easy. Wound up removing them again when I changed the
timing belt. Big difference in time required.

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Old 17 Oct 2005, 01:57 pm   #7 (permalink)
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Dan you are the man !!!! your instruction were right on the money, and
Haynes is much better than Chilton. Changed the PCV Valve, Grommet, &
Gasket, and did all the cleaning like you suggested. I cannot believe
how easy it was.
Daniel wrote:
> Guess you've figured out by now, the bolt you circled is only retaining
> the plastic holder for the spark plug wires.
> One more thing, - this is mentioned in the Haynes manual - they give a
> complete procedure for R & R valve cover,
> you need to loosen or remove the upper two timing belt cover bolts to
> lift the wiring loom out of the way.
> These (10mm) bolts have restricted access. First time I did this I used
> a standard combination wrench - you won't get a socket and ratchet
> handle to fit with the limited clearance, and it's one of those
> situations where you can only turn the wrench a tiny bit, then you need
> to lift the box end of the wrench off the bolt head.
> Wound up buying a set of "GearWrench" brand metric from Sears. These
> wrenches are very nice. Just like a standard combination wrench, but
> with a reversible ratchet built in, which makes a job like removing
> those bolts very easy. Wound up removing them again when I changed the
> timing belt. Big difference in time required.


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