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Old 08-21-2012, 03:56 AM
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Stuck valve covers

Anyone Know any tricks to remove 350 Comp Cam Chevy valve covers that appear to be glued to the valve cover gaskets?

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Some well placed light blows from a dead blow mallet will loosen them up.
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Don't you just despise people gluing everything on?. Once when I was working as a mechanic at the local dealership I was given a recheck job that another mechanic who had quit did. It was an engine replacement that had gone bad. He had literally used the 3M Yellow weathership adhesive on everything. I had to chisel off the oil pan, timing cover, intake manifold, water pump, and valve covers. Oh and he also used the yellow snot on the distributor also.

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Don't you just despise people gluing everything on?. Once when I was working as a mechanic at the local dealership I was given a recheck job that another mechanic who had quit did. It was an engine replacement that had gone bad. He had literally used the 3M Yellow weathership adhesive on everything. I had to chisel off the oil pan, timing cover, intake manifold, water pump, and valve covers. Oh and he also used the yellow snot on the distributor also.

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If it was a Ford 'Y' block, that's about what it took to stop the always deformed valve and valley covers from leaking. Then there was that external oil pump tube.
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Don't you just despise people gluing everything on?. Once when I was working as a mechanic at the local dealership I was given a recheck job that another mechanic who had quit did. It was an engine replacement that had gone bad. He had literally used the 3M Yellow weathership adhesive on everything. I had to chisel off the oil pan, timing cover, intake manifold, water pump, and valve covers. Oh and he also used the yellow snot on the distributor also.

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Apparently he knew he was quitting...
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Apparently he knew he was quitting...
That was part of the discussion at the time.

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We all know 'that guy' I think.

To the OP: you can use a dead blow hammer or a piece of soft pine with a hard faced hammer; should come right off. If they're stamped covers, you may have to clamp a piece of bar stock in a vise and tap the flange flat again after you rassle em off.
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You can also help some by slipping a razor blade in between the valve cover and the head wherever possible and just cutting the gasket. After that the valve cover will come off easier.
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