Are you looking for instructions to remove the cover and put it back on or just some pointers?
NOTE: According to the manufacturer, the engine must be removed in order to service the front cover. However, the front seal can be serviced with the engine in the vehicle. Remove the crankshaft damper, then follow the seal replacement procedure under installation.
NOTE: The front cover and the water pump are removed as an assembly.
WARNING Never hammer on the damper. Use an appropriate damper installation tool to press the damper onto the crankshaft snout.
There has got to be a way to service the front cover without removing the engine
The instructions call for removing the oil pan I have done these without removing it, but sometimes once it is apart the oil pan gasket is to bad to be reused. You do need to remove the front two bolts on the oil pan on both sides and all of the cover bolts. A prybar gently prying will remove the cover. Going back together is tricky with the one piece oil pan gasket use silicone on both sides of the gasket and line it up. You need to push downward on the cover in order to get the stay pins lined up but when you push the cover to the engine to over the stay pins the it will push the oil pan gasket inward so make sure it is sticking out a little.
is it possible to R&R the oil pan gasket with the engine in the vehicle???
You can do this without removing the engine. The reason they want you to remove the engine is because of the oil pan gasket. You can also remove the oil pan gasket without removing the engine, but you need to remove the upper intake plenum in order to lift the engine high enough. Remove the motor mount nuts and lift engine up.
I see, what a pain in the butt!!!! I'll see what I can do. I have the customer comming in tomorrow. All that work for a damn coolant leak.
They are known to leak. Check the cover also because they have a tendency to pit and a new gasket will not seal it.
ok thank you for your help
Not a problem. They just don't make them easy to work on anymore do they?