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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-23-2018, 05:12 PM Thread Starter
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I am wondering if anyone has any tips regarding removal of the vvt solenoid or cam cover. This seems to be very simple, but i want to make sure i'm not missing anything. Also, do I need to purchase the little half moons pieces that fit on the back of the head? Gaskets, seals, sealant, etc. Any recommendation?

I'm thinking of epoxy powder coat in satin black.

Thanks in advance.

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Hello,

I am wondering if anyone has any tips regarding removal of the vvt solenoid or cam cover. This seems to be very simple, but i want to make sure i'm not missing anything. Also, do I need to purchase the little half moons pieces that fit on the back of the head? Gaskets, seals, sealant, etc. Any recommendation?

I'm thinking of epoxy powder coat in satin black.

Thanks in advance.

Brian.
Can't hep w/the solenoid - mines mechanicle. However my cam cover has ( and still does ) look great since 2003, using standard wrinkle black powder coat. ( It's prolly all in the prep ).

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I am wondering if anyone has any tips regarding removal of the vvt solenoid or cam cover.
Removing the VVT solenoid is easy. Just unplug the electrical connector and remove the three bolts that hold the VVT solenoid bracket to the front of the cam cover. Under the big bracket, there is a little metal plate that is attached to the front of the cam cover. The VVT plunger goes through this plate. If you remove that plate, there is a small O-ring inset into the cam cover to seal the plunger shaft. When you remove the cam cover, you can slide the plunger out to the inside of the cam cover. Put all of these little parts in a safe place so that you don't lose them while you are finishing the cam cover.

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yes, new half moons and 4 new red paper washers for the cover bolts (the 2 metal ones at the back you re-use)
I'd go for a Reinz gasket (few bucks more) and do not overtighten those cam cover bolts or you might warp the cover....a few ft/lbs is plenty, then recheck after first 50 miles or so.

Good shots of the VVT/cam cover here:
http://www.alfabb.com/bb/forums/1216747-post2.html

With a Reinz (has a bead of silicone one side, which faces up btw) I do not use sealant, others do.
If removing the VVT check the O ring is not leaking, if so, its a 20 cent fix (new o ring size is industry #007)
Its worth also checking the solenoid plunger is moving freely, they can gunk up.....means removing the electrical connector on VVT, see:
http://www.alfabb.com/bb/forums/6241602-post1.html

basically with cam cover off it is a good time to:
1. check/adjust chain tension
2. check valve gaps.


...and you thought its just goin' ta be a matter of a quick powder-coat...Eh?
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Rich,

Thanks for the guidance on the VVT. Very helpful information. I was concerned that I could lose adjustment.

Dom,

Thanks for the details!

With regard to:
basically with cam cover off it is a good time to:
1. check/adjust chain tension
2. check valve gaps.

Do you know where I can find a step by step procedure for these?

Thanks again!

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