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valvecover torque?

Hi Guys,

I was wondering if anyone knew the torque spec on the valve cover bolts on my 01 7.3.

I had a scare a while back that i thought was hyrdolock, got as far as the valve covers and the bolts seems pretty damn tight. Thankfully, it was not a hydrolock problem so i never had to remove the valve covers.
But, honestly, I was a bit apprehensive to stand on the bolts to get them out. -they were real tight and the last thing i needed was a snapped bolt.

i'm used to working on little gassers so, i'm not sure...

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They were probablly tight because they were never removed. But I think the torq specs and I can double check when I get home is like 50-60 ft pounds. But I will double check for you.

I just tighten them down with a 3/8 ratchet. When they are tight they are tight.


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Thank You!

Actually, the previous owner did the glow plugs about 40K ago. I tried the one in the rear on the drivers side first as it looks to be the worst to get to. Any tricks on getting a good grab on that one? -Just a simple swivel?

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simple swivel and a 3" extension, and alot of swearing. its the worst one out of all of them. i always had a hard time because i have short fingers and i couldnt reach it. also the torque on the VC bolts is 120-130 IN/LBS
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i got 71 in lbs. on ALLDATAdiy.com. good site for specs or step by step instructions.
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i never had a valve cover leak after not putting that back driver side VC bolt back in..fyi

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They were probablly tight because they were never removed. But I think the torq specs and I can double check when I get home is like 50-60 ft pounds. But I will double check for you.

I just tighten them down with a 3/8 ratchet. When they are tight they are tight.

Wow.

This is correct.

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i never had a valve cover leak after not putting that back driver side VC bolt back in..fyi
good to know in case i decide to go that way...LOL.

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50 - 60 ft lbs is wayy to high and please put all the bolts back in. IH didnt put it there cause it was hard to get to. They put it there because it seals.

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