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      12-04-2014, 08:19 AM   #1
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Need some encouragement...

...From those who have done the valve cover gasket replacement themselves. I am considering attempting soon, and there is part of me that would rather pay the dealer to do it. Is it worth doing the DIY? Also, while I have the car apart, should I go ahead and replace coils/spark plugs? It's been a while since I did spark plugs; never coils. Opinions?

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      12-04-2014, 09:27 AM   #2
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IMO replace coils when they're bad. they're pretty easy to get to on their own.

I think I'm going to do a bunch of these things on my wife's car, taking 3 weeks off - oil filter housing, valve cover, and belt/pulleys/tensioners.
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It's not that bad. Give yourself plenty of time so you aren't rushed and just work through any hurdles you might encounter. Getting the valve cover lifted/rotated/off my engine was the hardest part for me, there isn't a lot of room there so it can be tricky. Otherwise it's very straightforward (assuming you've done your due diligence in researching this task).

Only word of caution is to make sure you slowly back off the valvetronic motor rather than just letting it jump out during removal, you can foul up the timing of the valvetronic system.
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