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How to Replace Valve Cover Gasket in a Ford Focus

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If you own a Ford Focus and you have driven 100,000 miles, it may be time for you to replace the valve cover gasket. You need to do this preventive maintenance so that you do not have to worry about an oil leak or your engine smoking because the valve cover gasket is bad. This preventive maintenance may save you some money and headache in the long run.

Disconnect the negative battery terminal and set aside. Locate the valve cover gasket. Disconnect spark plug wires from it's harness by gently pulling and twisting.

Disconnect coil plugs, wiring and remove the wiring harness. Disconnect the PCV valve and it's hose. Set the PCV valve hose aside.

Disconnect the fuel rail pressure temperature sensor from temperature sensor. Move the gas throttle bracket. Remove the valve cover gasket bolts, valve cover and the old gasket.

Use automotive engine cleaner to remove any particles that are left from the old gasket in the gasket seating area. Put in the new gasket.

Place the parts back on the motor that were removed initially, starting with the valve cover. Once the cover has been replaced, tighten the valve cover bolts in sequence. Put the gas throttle bracket back. Reconnect the fuel rail pressure temperature sensor back onto the sensor. Reconnect the PCV valve and it's hose, coil plugs, wiring and the wiring harness. Reconnect the spark plug wires from its harness and reconnect the battery terminal.

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