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How To Replace Valve Cover Gasket 1998 - 2001 Nissan Altima

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How To Replace Valve Cover Gasket 1998 - 2001 Nissan Altima

Created on: 2013-12-28

If you see oil around your engine compartment, don't worry, it might only be the valve cover gasket! Learn how to replace it in this 1A Auto video.

  1. step 1 :Remove the valve cover gasket
    • Mark your spark plug wires to remember which ones plug in where
    • Unplug you spark plug wires
    • Disconnect the hose from the upper right corner of the valve cover.
    • Remove the nine 10 mm bolts.
    • Follow up by removing the two 10 mm bolts in the top of the valve cover.
    • Peel the valve cover gasket off.
    • Remove the gaskets around each hole for the 10 mm bolts and the spark plug sockets
  2. step 2 :Install the new valve cover gaskets
    • Clean up the valve cover where the gaskets sit.
    • Carefully install the gaskets, making sure not to crimp or damage them.
    • Clean up the engine side where the gaskets sit.
    • Put your valve cover into place.
    • Insert the bolt gaskets.
    • Bolt the valve cover down.
    • Torque the eleven bolts to 35 in-lb.
    • After you have torqued them all, torque them to 69-95 in-lb.
    • This insures they seat evenly.
    • Plug in your spark plugs according to the labels.
    • Connect the hose using your pliers to secure the clamp.

Tools needed

  • Torque Wrench

    10mm Socket

    Slip-Joint Pliers


    Cloth Rags

    Marker / Writing Utensil

Brought to you by 1AAuto.com your source for quality replacement parts and the best service on the internet. Hi I'm Don from 1A Auto. I hope this how to video helps you out and the next time you need a part for your vehicle think of 1AAuto.com. Thanks.

In this video we're going to show you how to replace the valve cover gasket on this 2000 Nissan Altima with the four cylinder 2.5 liter engine. The items you'll need for this is a new engine gasket set from 1AAuto.com, a market, a 10 mm socket and ratchet, a rag, a pair or pliers and a torch wrench. Mark each one of your spark plug wires in order from one through four that way you remember where they go and then remove each of them and just set them aside. You don't want to unplug the other end of them, just this end. Use a pair of pliers on the hose clamp right here and slide the clamp up. Now move the hose back and forth until it pulls free. Next you want to remove these nine 10 mm bolts that line the outside of your valve cover. We'll just fast forward as Don does this.

On the top of the valve cover are two more 10 mm bolts, go ahead and remove these. Once all those have been removed you can pull your valve cover up and out. Peel your valve cover gasket off and then remove this gasket and flip the valve cover over. Using a flat blade screwdriver you want to pry up these little screw gaskets. There are 11 of them in total around this valve cover and we'll fast forward as Don does the rest of these. In the back is the old gasket set; up front is the new ones from 1A Auto. You can see they're identical and will fit exactly the same. Use a rag to clean up the area where the valve cover gasket goes. Take your new valve cover gasket and put it into place. Now clean up these rings with your rag and put your new gasket into place. Clean up around the engine where the valve cover gasket's going to sit. Put your valve cover down into place and now you want to just check and make sure the gasket's where it needs to be; everything's properly sealed, nothings twisted and once you see that you want to start replacing these little screw gaskets. You should have eleven in total.

We'll just fast forward as he replaces the rest of these. Next you want to replace the nine 10 mm bolts along the outside of the valve cover. Then tighten those up. Torque each of those nine bolts to five foot pounds and after you've done each of them torque each of them again to 12 foot-pounds. Now replace those two 10 mm bolts at the top of the valve cover and torque each of them to five foot pounds and then to 12 foot-pounds. Push the hose back into place and use your pliers to slide that hose clamp forward and then replace each of your spark plug wires to the proper hole. Now you're all set.

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