Valve Cover R&R
2002 Ford Ranger XL, 4x2, 2.3L DOHC, 5spd Manual, +150,000 miles, no A/C
While removing sparkplugs for replacement, found a lots of oil standing in 2 of the sparkplug channels coming part way up the plug wire boots. Plugs were screwed down tight and were just being replaced for the first time.
Would this issue be limited to: 1) valve cover is cracked, or 2) valve cover gasket is leaking?
I'm suspecting gasket leakage. If so, how much of a "bear" is it to replace? I'm relatively mechanically inclined but my only experience is with my own vehicles (disc/drum brakes, tranny R&R, clutch replacement...).
Looks like removing the intake is the majority of the work (looks like I'ld have to take notes to make sure I could get all the connections reconnected correctly). I do have a Hanes manual, but all directions/instructions are broad based. Seems like I'ld probably have to set aside most of a day to do it. Thoughts???
AND, if I go through with replacing the valve cover gasket, if you guys think it's the issue, are there other things I might want to take care of right away in the way of preventive maintanence while in the middle of replacing the gasket?
All thoughts, comments, and suggestions will be appreciated!!! Please be detailed.