Valve cover gasket replacement - Jetta
Estimated Time: 1.5hrs
This applies to all 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2.5L Jetta
- Socket set (ideally)
- T30 socket, 10mm socket
- Flatblade screwdriver
- vice grips
- brake cleaner
- engine degreaser (optional)
- Towel / rags
- Valve cover gasket (beck arnley 036-1839)
Remove plastic engine cover. Unplug the maf sensor plug
It’s best from my experience to use vice grips when removing clamp holding the MAF sensor meter
Than Remove the two philips screws holding the intake piping together
Remove entire plastic engine cover.
Ensure that your gasket is worn out in the first place by identifying oil sweats or leaks around the gasket on the block
Unplug the vacuum hose connected to the valve cover (use pliers or vice grips to pinch the connector if necessary)
Towards the back of the engine bay disconnect the secondary air injection check valve (pliers may be necessary)
This step it’s important to use caution.
Gently lift up and pull all 5 of the coil plugs out from the cylinder head.
note: Remove coil plugs from cylinder 1-5 to prevent any damage to the electrical cable or plug
once removed all plugs, put the rail to the side
Remove all 16 T30 bolts on the valve cover
Towards the back, Using a mirror, find the T30 bolt and the 10mm bolt and loosen them but don’t remove them because it’s easy to drop and lose them
Use a flatblade to seperate the valve cover from the engine
Step 5: cleaning and installing new gasket
simply remove the old gasket by pulling it away
Spray some brake clean inside valve cover and ensure that all the old gasket is removed entirely
Install new gasket and one by one push old bolts back into place
important to note: there are two different shapes of bolts that go in top left & top right of valve cover
Following this bolt pattern, screw in all 16 T30 bolts
Note: I don’t have a in/lbs torque wrench but just snug them following the above diagram.
If you do have a torque wrench
Torque bolts to: 7.5 ft/lbs
Step 6: connecting everything back together
- Place the 5 spark plug coils back in cylinder head
- Connect both (2) air injection check valve and the vacuum hose
- Put plastic engine cover back on
- Dont forget to connect that maf sensor and hose!
Hopefully your driveway will be spared from oil leaks. Lemme know in the comments below how your experience was changing the valve cover gasket! XD