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Old 03-12-2018, 05:44 PM
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Default Can't remove rear cam seal plate

I have just completed the valve cover gaskets and was going to replace both rear cam o-rings.

I was able to remove both 12mm bolts ... but then cannot get the plate to budge (can't rotate it at all).

I suspect the plates both have some sealant on them, as something white is visible around the edge
of the plates... how do I proceed?

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I know there is not much space to get there, but have you tried a rubber mallet or a small hammer and a block of wood?
 
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no, I just used my hands ... so the block of wood sounds worthy of a shot !
 
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Thanks again!

For the passenger side:
Per your suggestion, I used a 2x2 wood block.
Wow, it was totally shot (brittle) and some kind of white colored sealant everywhere thats taking forever to clean off.

For the drivers side:
Used an old wood screwdriver and a rubber mallet to get the driver side off, which was more difficult but not horrible once I found that the screwdrive was the only thing narrow enough to engage the plate with. O-ring totally flat and busted off and was brittle. Sings of oil leak everywhere.

Should I use an RTV on the flat surfaces when I re-install it? If so, any recommendations? I have permatex ultra black but have never used it.
 
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I think RTV here is a hack repair, use the correct OEM O-ring.
 
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Old 03-13-2018, 08:15 AM
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Originally Posted by larry4406 View Post
I think RTV here is a hack repair, use the correct OEM O-ring.
I agree. I have purchased two OEM o-ring (s) and intend Install those ... without additional sealant unless there is some benefit to using sealant also. Itís a lot of work getting the crap off, which appears to be a hack job unless that was original?
 
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Originally Posted by larry4406 View Post
I think RTV here is a hack repair, use the correct OEM O-ring.
100% agree
 
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