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Pelican Technical Article:

Valve Cover Gasket Replacement

Jared Fenton

Time:

2 hours2 hrs

Tab:

$20

Talent:

***

Tools:

10mm socket, hose clamp pliers

Applicable Models:

VW Jetta GL (1999-05)
VW Jetta GLS (1999-05)
VW Jetta Wolfsburg (1999)

Parts Required:

Valve cover gasket

Hot Tip:

Tap the valve cover with a rubber mallet to release it

Performance Gain:

No more oil leaks from the valve cover

Complementary Modification:

Replace spark plugs

A leaking valve cover is a pretty common occurrence on older cars. The heat and engine oil tend to break down the valve cover gasket to a point where it can lose its ability to seal. This eventually causes a giant mess all over the engine.

Keep in mind that replacing the valve cover gasket on the Jetta 2.0 requires you to remove the intake manifold. See our article on Intake Manifold Removal for more information.

Loosen and slide back the hose clamp (green arrow) holding the vacuum hose to the oil filler on the valve cover.
Figure 1

Loosen and slide back the hose clamp (green arrow) holding the vacuum hose to the oil filler on the valve cover. Pull the hose off the filler and set it aside.

Pop open the clips (green arrows) holding the timing belt cover (yellow arrow) to the valve cover.
Figure 2

Pop open the clips (green arrows) holding the timing belt cover (yellow arrow) to the valve cover. Push the timing belt cover back enough for the valve cover to be removed.

Loosen and remove the eight 10mm nuts (green arrows) holding the valve cover to the cylinder head.
Figure 3

Loosen and remove the eight 10mm nuts (green arrows) holding the valve cover to the cylinder head. Now pull the valve cover up and off the cylinder head. You may need to tap the valve cover with a rubber mallet to free it up.

Rotate the valve cover over to access the gasket (green arrow).
Figure 4

Rotate the valve cover over to access the gasket (green arrow). In some instances, the gasket may be stuck to the cylinder head. Simply pull the gasket up and off the studs if this is the case.

Pull the old gasket (green arrow) out of the channel (yellow arrow) on the valve cover.
Figure 5

Pull the old gasket (green arrow) out of the channel (yellow arrow) on the valve cover. The new gasket installs in the same way.

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