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Old 02-15-2006, 01:30 PM   #1
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Re-designed Valve Cover?

First of all let me say I am new to the Focus. I have owned Probes for over 7 years now and I am doing this work for my wife's friend. She has a 00' ZX3 with a bad valve cover gasket. Dealership wanted over $200 to replace, I said I could do it no problems.

I have searched all through older threads on this forum and upon my research in ordering the gasket, I was told that the valve cover was redesigned and that it could either be the model that is able to just have a new gasket put on, or on the other hand it could be a model where the whole valve cover and gasket has to be replaced. We ran the VIN number and it was the model that needed to be completely replaced.

Now, I have the part sitting here (which I ordered of fordpartsonline.com) and to me it looks the same as the one on the car.

My question is this:
Whats "redesigned" and are there any tricks I should know for the install? I know the basic mechanics (as I have worked on Fords for a long time now) and tq specs for the job, just wasnt sure if there was anything to watch out for with his "new" valve cover or gasket.

Thanks in advance for the help.

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Old 02-15-2006, 07:47 PM   #2
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Well i just changed the valve cover gasket on my 00' focus about a month ago. I ran into the same problem you had. Although i didn't have to do anything special, just clean of the old gasket off and what not. Don't exactlly remember the torque but i'd say till it's tight and then another quarter turn should be ok.
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Old 02-15-2006, 08:48 PM   #3
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60 in-lbs (5 ft-lbs) are the tq specs I found so far in searching.

So did you have to get the redesigned valve cover, replace the gasket, or just reuse the old one?

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Old 02-16-2006, 12:13 AM   #4
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the redesign was done when the metal valve cover became plastic. the gasket is the same and can be replaced on them all though.

the only time you need a different gasket is if you use the metal contour valve cover iirc
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yeah dude, if ford wanted 200 to replace it, they were tryin to bend u over....the gasket is like 20 bucks, and is easily replaceable...
and while teh cover is off, take a pic of teh valvetrain just for kicks...
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Old 02-16-2006, 02:25 PM   #6
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So what you all are saying is I bought this new plastic valve cover for nothing. I could have just gotten the gasket, replaced it on the metal cover and been done with it? :( Figures...

I have the plastic on here, so I'm going to go ahead and use it today. I'll photo the install and what all I tear into today.

Thanks for the help!

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Old 02-16-2006, 04:45 PM   #7
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Well job is complete. Total time was less than 30 mins. Much more simple than doing them on the V6 KL03 & KLZE of my Probes.

Here is the album to the photos:
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Not to bad looking for 89,xxx miles:


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I didn't even know the 2000's had a metal valve cover. Learn somethin' new everyday. Powdercoat that old one you got and sell it off to make your money back IMO
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yeah alot of ppl want the metal ones, actually you might could have gotten a whole valve cover and gasket, more or less a rubber ring, altogether for about 20 bucks off the net
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parts for switching valve covers

Hey all,

I also recently found out there were different valve covers. I bought a nice looking powder coated metal one, then realized I have a plastic one on my car (so much for returning a core for my deposit. Anyone have a cheap metal one laying around they can sell cheap and fast?)

It looks like it uses different hold down hardware than the plastic one, and it definately uses a different oil filler cap (screw vs. quarter turn).

Anyone know where I can get the trick hardware to fit the recessed tapered holes? (other than new at Ford).

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