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Valve cover/rocker arm cover gasket replacement

Mr. Pickles

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Tell me I'm crazy, but do you really have to remove the distributor to get at the last forward screw to pull the cover on the driver's side of a VG30 (94 Pathfinder)? This is getting ridiculous, I'm wrapping up a water pump and timing belt, and figured I'd better replace these leaking gaskets, but the design of this thing is a joke.

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I usually use a really long screwdriver. But popping of the dizzy ain't that bad. I use a marker to color around the mount bolt, then mark where the rotor points. Pop it out then, when putting it back in, reinstall and make sure everything lines back up.

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Thanks guys. I'll see if I can figure out a long enough driver but with big enough head to get that last screw. There isn't a straight shot to be had on my rig, and this is one of a few steps either left out of the FSM and Haynes manual, if not totally contradicted. I think I might have a Frankenpathy.

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