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I was tightening the nuts on the valve cover of a 1992 Honda Accord DX 2.2L engine when I heard a snap instead of a nice sound from the torque wrench I was using. The stud broke! There is 1/4 to 1/8" left at the top.
After threatening to poke the wrench up Harbor Freight's a** and worrying about having to buy another engine block,etc I decided to crank up the vehicle. The stud was on the front passenger side. I did not see oil even at a high RPM. I wonder if I can drive this vehicle indefinitely if I keep an eye on the oil, if I can remove the stud with PB Blaster and Vise-Grips, or if I just need to take it to the mechanic and subject myself to his mercies?
I will NEVER buy another thing from Harbor Freight unless it is so childishly simple that it won't fail.
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Since the valve cover gasket and spark plug hole gaskets of course haven't received much usage could I reuse them or is it best to go with new gaskets or RTV? Also would I have to drench the bolt stub in PB Lubricant and grunt and grunt as I extricate it?
If you can't get it to budge, use a torch on the snapped stud for a couple of seconds. The heat will transfer into the head and allow the stud to be removed. I did this on the exhaust port cover on my old Mercury 2 stroke outboard boat motor. Be very careful of where you put the flame and don't leave it on for over a few seconds.
1993 Accord LX 2.2 Auto
228,000 miles / F22A1
you should be fine. TQ the rest of the VC studs to spec. I ran only 3 VC nuts on my cb for long time. Until I finally decided to replace it over a year later. Your VC gasket will be fine. Just bead a little bit of honda bond around the corners and your good to go. I recommend using Honda Bond over a generic RTV. Honda Bond won't eat up OEM seals and gaskets unlike some generic RTV brands.
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I found that all but a stub of the threaded portion that sticks above the valve cover remains. The rest was in the nut. I saw a smoother, thicker portion I think I can twist out. I did put some RTV sensor safe silicone on parts of the VCG so I'll have to scrape it off first. Once I get the bolt and clean up the RTV I'll be ready freddy. To the Honda place I go for 90012-PT0-000 and 90013-PT0-000 in case it's one or the other.
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