I am new and this is my first post. Is it difficult to change the valve cover gaskets on a 2000 Monetero Sport. I was told on oil change there is a oil leak that they think is coming from the valve cover. Dealer cost is $514! Any instructions how to change it? Thanks so much. Eddie
Last Edit: Feb 13, 2008 12:50:55 GMT -5 by eholland
It's not easy, as the upper intake manifold has to be removed. I would make sure it's not your rear cam seals first, a very common issue with these vehicles. Check the DIY section for instructions on how to replace them.
I changed my rear cam seals on both my old 3.0 and the 3.5L.
If you can change spark plug wires on these engines - rear cam seals and valve cover gaskets aren't any more difficult, just a little more time consuming.
With a decent metric socket set, some extensions and swivels -- Upper intake removal is a half hour job at most if you know what you're doing -- maybe an hour for a first timer. At that point the rear cam plugs can't possibly take more than about a half hour per side. I can't think of anything in the way making valve cover removal that much more involved. An inch-lb torque wrench would be good to have as getting the valve cover gasket to seal is a very low torque adjustment and essential to avoiding leaks.
Her new DD - '03 Aviator 140k My DD - The Super HO: '99 Taurus SHO V8, 136k - welded cams
'99 MS Ltd is gone sold it at 218k '95 LS 206k (traded in) '00 Contour 158k (sold) '88 Turbo T-Bird 283k+ R.I.P.