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Hi, I'm new to this forum... I have a different sort of request.
My best friend just left for Basic Training for the Air National Gaurd, today. He is leaving his Saab 06' 9.3 2.0T 5spd with me and asked if I could replace the valve cover gasket while he was away. So being mechanically inclined and having done valve cover gaskets on nissans and subarus, I figured I should be able to handle this, (using OEM gasket kit)...

Before I dive into the engine bay and begin removing parts I'd like to know if
1. Is there is a DIY with decent instructions, (pictures, free online manual)
2. Any weird things i gotta lookout for (ie,these bolts snap easy, ect)
3. Is there any special tools I need, (have some star bits...)

Thanks for your help guys!
 

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I don't think many of us have done these yet. Assuming that it's a 4 cylinder, you might take a peek on the ng900 forum, the engine design is similar enough, and they tend to have some very good illustrated procedures for things.

I'm not sure if you've run into this with other cars, but there are actually two gaskets, an outer one where you'd expect, and an inner one around the well where the spark plugs go. They are both round and floppy, so some folks have used Hylomar ( http://www.permatex.com/products/Au...ng_Formula_Gasket_Dressing_Flange_Sealant.htm ) gasket dressing to hold things in place. In the ng forum, silicone sealants weren't recommended since they had the potential to break off and plug passages.

When I did this job on my ng900, the valve cover was actually attached very firmly. A rubber mallet is handy.
 

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I don't think many of us have done these yet. Assuming that it's a 4 cylinder, you might take a peek on the ng900 forum, the engine design is similar enough, and they tend to have some very good illustrated procedures for things.

I'm not sure if you've run into this with other cars, but there are actually two gaskets, an outer one where you'd expect, and an inner one around the well where the spark plugs go. They are both round and floppy, so some folks have used Hylomar ( http://www.permatex.com/products/Au...ng_Formula_Gasket_Dressing_Flange_Sealant.htm ) gasket dressing to hold things in place. In the ng forum, silicone sealants weren't recommended since they had the potential to break off and plug passages.

When I did this job on my ng900, the valve cover was actually attached very firmly. A rubber mallet is handy.
It is the 2.0T 4 Cyclinder, thanks for the link to the sealants, I got some sealant around here some where;) ..... So the cover comes off stiff, thanks for the advice!
 
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