1999 Pontiac 3.4 V6 3400.
Question = top of motor tore down for oil getting in coolant . Gaskets. Found bad at coolant
jackets. To replace
intake gaskets what is the procedure for installing correct length push rods in
the right spot and
valve adjustment  after taking push rods out of way to get gaskets. In I am former
gm tech years ago now heavy truck.


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Answer:
There is no special valve adjustments on this motor as was the case with the older Chevy small
block. Rocker arms are just torqued to specs. The most important thing is that the push  rods are
installed correctly. They are different lengths. GM recommends new lower intake bolts, and have
updated the torque specs.  On rocker arms and lower intake bolts.

The intake and exhaust rocker / Pushrods are labeled in the picture below.

Bolt part numbers -
11588914 long
11588915 short

Torque spec on rockers is-  14 NM (124 in.lbs.) plus 30 degrees
lower intake is                -    long- 13 NM (115 in. lbs.)
short- 25 NM (18 FT. lbs.)
This procedure is for the 3.1L and 3.4L in many Chevy, Buick, Pontiac and Oldsmobile  models. Malibu,
Classic, Lumina, Alero, Regal, Century, Grand Prix, Montana, Transport,  Venture van, Silhouette,  etc.
2- Intake rods are in this
position.
1- Exhaust rods are in
this position.
11-2-10
what is the order for the back side.
Comments
11-3-10
THANKS :)
11-29-10
will you loose lifter prime when relieving pressure by removing push tubes.
1-2-11
Is this the diagram for push rods?  Trying to figure out. How they go on.
1-16-11
thanks for the info. It helped allot.
1-17-11
need the location for the egr  valve.
1-28-11
I'm doing this job and it is a pain
2-7-11
I just completed this job, and after assembly car worked and ran fine. Made a
test drive of 3-5 miles, Axel from stop as well as while moving. Drove car back
home, idled for a few means, then drove a longer distance. After maybe 5
miles, stopped at a red light, and noticed what sounded like valves tapping,
then upon pressing the gas to accelerate, car seemed to lose power and
'check engine' light started blinking. Is it possible the rocker arm bolts could
have been improperly torqued?
Yes, this sounds like at least one of the rocker studs has
pulled its treads out of the cylinder head. This is causing
a misfire, thus the blinking check engine light. I would
suspect it is the one or more that were improperly
torqued. There is a repair kit to fix this. It comes with a
drill, tap and dye, and insert.
2-10-11
I just completed the intake gaskets on our 99 Gr Am, and it's a pain!!  I think these motors are
junk, having replaced the gaskets for the third time. The intake wasn't warped, thank God. We
will never buy another vehicle with this motor in it.
2-18-11
This is great information.  Thank you.
3-6-11
I'm working on a
3.4l but when i tighten the rockers i have no compression and i have push tube
in the order they should be can my lifters be bad this car set for awhile
Sitting for a long time will absolutely cause the lifters to
be very hard to pump up. Either they will need to be
replaced, or you can run the engine for a while to see if
they will. Running too long though can cause other
engine damage.
3-9-11
okay i have a 88 2.8 Camaro just installed pushrods, whats the sequence in tightening those for
the passenger side only...and the torque specs?
4-27-11
When u open a valve cover to a 3.1 v6 on an olds cutlass? Were the rocker arms supposed to
be loose?
Well, no they should not be loose. If they are the rocker
arm studs may have pulled the threads out of the
cylinder head. If that happened you would need to drill
tap and using Helli-Coil to repair.
6-3-11
Be careful not to drop injector bolts in the intake when putting the injectors back on.
8-12-11
Had a rattle noise in my 3.4l engine, misfiring on #4 cylinder, removed the valve cover found that
the treads are stripped out of the head, do you think a Hellicoil will be strong enough to repair.
Yes, a thread repair kit will do the trick and will actually
be stronger than the factory setup. Just make sure when
you drill and tap for the Helicoil, that is it absolutely
straight with the original hole. You don't to be off any
when dealing with a rocker arm and valve train
components. Use some red Loctite on the threads of the
insert before you screw it into place.
8-31-11
WELL I'M WORK ON (PUTTING ALL NEW PARS IN NOW )  LIFTERS / RODS / ROCKER ARMS.
WHAT'S BEST TO USE ON BOLTS THREADS ( GOING TO USE LIGHT TIGHT RED/BLUE).
INSTEAD OF PIPE SEALANT. MY NEW BOOK DIDN'T LIST ROCKER ARM TORQUE SPECS SO
I AM HERE ....ETC. I WAS A MECHANIC YRS AGO . IT APPEARS AFTER READING ON THIS
SIGHT PAGE I'LL NEED TO CHANGE ALL THE LOWER INTAKE BOLTS ( ? ) .2003 AZTEC 3.4  
VEC HAS 80,000 MILES .ON IT .A FEW YRS AGO TRANS COOLER LEAK INSIDE. RADIATOR .
SO I CUT LINES / PLUG. & PUT EXTERNAL TRANS COOLER ON FRONT. REASON FOR
CHANGING FOR CHANGING VERY PRICEY $90.00  @ Auto Zone FEL-PRO of course  FLOYD
C HOW DO WE GET A RESULTS / RESPONSE. I am a crippled now for almost two YRS. WORK
injury. Applied for disability ....Awaiting yet ....Not able 2 WRK.I WAS A SCHOOL BUSS DRIVE (
SPECIAL NEEDS KIDS ) .7.5 YRS. I LOVED IT ....
INTAKES GASKETS NOW.
9-3-11
What are the torque specs for the rocker arm bolts on a 3.1 V6
Chevy Lumina engine?
9-6-11
while replacing my push rods I mistakenly placed an exhaust rods in an intake rods place.. I
noticed while tightening (with 3/8' ratchet)A distinct noise and bent the push rod. IS there a way
to know if I bent the valve or cracked the piston without removing the head again?
If you did not start the vehicle, you're probably ok and
just bent the push rod. I would install a new correct size
push rod, and after getting everything tightened back
down, turn the motor over by hand to make sure there is
nothing damaged and no interference.
9-10-11
1999 Grand Am 3.4 liter. Replaced head gaskets and put engine back together it is popping
threw exhaust i have checked and rechecked firing order and it is correct i think possibly a push
rod or two inst right however i turned the engine over manually before i started and there want
any resistance what is going on I'm stumped please help.
9-13-11
You have at least 1 push rod not in the right spot- exhaust in intake, etc.
9-18-11
IF All The Push Rods Are In Their Proper Place And Is Torqued To Proper Spec. When U Take
Turn The Crank Over, Shouldn't I BE ABLE TO TURN OVER THE CRANK WITH MY RATCHET in
A 360 DEGREES CONSTANTLY ? WITHOUT IT JUST GOING 75% AROUND AND STOPPING !
SOMETHING IS NOT RIGHT ! DO THE INTAKE ROCKER AND THE EXHAUST ROCKER PUSH
RODS TAKE 2 DIFFERENT TORQUE ?
9-20-11
Yes, you should be able to go all the way around. Gets stiffer at spots depending on if valves
are closed on compression stroke at certain points. Torque is the same. See above.  
11-10-11
I just install a rebuilt head and when I tighten down the #3 an #5 on the 3.4 I can see the intake
valve open which gives me no compression when I check it with air. We don't know why so their
sending me another head for my old head when put back on doesn't open the valve the
Pushrods are correct the torque is proper an ideas why?
Some of the valves opening when you tighten down the
rockers is normal. Which ones that open depends on the
position of the camshaft. The part that does not make
sense is that they did not do this after re-installing the
old cylinder head.
11-18-11
Problem started with a sudden loss of power, rough idle, and blinking check engine light.  Scan
showed cyl#6 misfire and no compression on cyl#6.  Pulled valve cover and found #6 intake
rocker laying on top the head.  Rocker bolt pulled out of the head.  Helli coiled it and reinstalled
rocker and push rod.  Tested and still no compression.  Did notice that the valve spring
compressed 1/16th to 1/8th on torquing the bolt.  Any ideas.  I did run the motor for 10-15
minutes after loss of power to get home.
No compression on 3.4 V6 Aztec, replaced one cylinder head only but did remove push rods etc
from both to replace gaskets, also turned the engine over without push rods good compression,
left overnight still no compression any one have any ideas I am stumped.  Lifters?
Sound like you have the push rods in the wrong order.
Check them again using picture above.
12-14-11
I cant seem to get to the valve cover bolts under the alternator. I moved it and I still cant reach it.
Can somebody help me with this 1999
Pontiac Grand Am 3.4 engine.
12-22-11
I did the same thing that an earlier poster did in that I torqued the push rod bolt to 124 FOOT
lbs. stripping the cylinder head. You commented saying that there was a repair kit to fix this???
Where could I find this repair kit? Thanks
The thread repair kit can be found at any local parts store.
12-30-11
i replaced the head gaskets on a  3100 and afterwards its idling high... What should i look for?
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Push Rod Locations And Rocker Arm Torque
Bob said:
Thank you so much for the great picture of the pushrod locations. I love this site !

andrew said:
I am using the Felpro ms90565 this is the rubber carrier type gasket for the LIM. But before torque wrenching the LIM bolts to spec need to know if the
valley gap will close its like 3/8" to 9/16" wide at both ends. OEM installed this same type of Gasket but through them away before comparing
thickness.. Can you help?



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