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OK, I own a 1998 ford contour 4-cylinder. That I have to replace the
PCV valve. This is not an easy part to change on this vehicle.
It is located up front next to the Exhaust Manifold. However, there is an Exhaust Manifold Cover in the way. The Problem is that the bolts are siezed.
What I want to know is, do I need the cover? Can I torch or cut it off and won't have any problems?


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this is one person's experience...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-WTG5DMwvk

going in from the side on this one
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4jzk0XhBtI

using penetrating oil made to work with rusted parts will help a lot. you have to spray it on and wait a while. 10 - 20 min works for me. The heat shield is to keep the heat from exhaust manifold away from other parts that may be adversely affected, like your hands... Keeps the fans from blowing directly onto a hot manifold and keeps the heat from the manifold from heating up your radiator.

I think torching the cover would be bad if something goes wrong with the open flame. Using a good ratchet and making the bolts move will either free them or break them off. If they break off I would be worried about how the manifold bolts are going to be...


   
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