I took on this job after discovering oil in the Spark Plug tubes and on the coils
I thoroughly examined numerous topics on this forum, watched some YouTube tutorials, and am currently elbow deep in the process that includes the following:
Change Spark Plugs
Change Valve Cover Gasket
Change Spark Plug Tube Seals
Clean Throttle Body
Clean MAF sensor
New Air Filter
Change Oil and Filter
This may seem somewhat everyday for some of you and normal maintenance especially for these cars, but I'm somewhat of a "wish I knew more" type of at home mechanic.
Here's my dilemma... I chose not to jack up the engine as recommended (knowing and accepting full well the increased difficulty it may cause removing the valve covers).i didn't do it as I was NOT confident in jacking up the engine without... well... jacking up the engine of ya catch my drift.
Tear down of induction system, battery, and a few other areas was no issue...
Removal of the passenger side valve Cover although I cursed and twisted and bashed a knuckle or two, came out just fine. Replacement process was simple enough, new seals, new gasket, new plugs. All went back together surprisingly easy, bolted up without worry.
Drivers side valve cover has very little room to work with and the bottom rear bolt was a pain to get to... very little room. well now comes my dilemma and I will almost let the pictures speak for themselves...
This is said bottom rear bolt.
Here is the rest of it...
... broken off.
Yes that whole story lead up to a busted off bolt, it was captivating enough and I wanted to express my feelings of utter dread when I felt it go...
I'm curious here as to what my options are. We have removed the drivers side wheel well guard to get better access to it.
Mind you, it really isn't much room to work with... maybe 2-2.5". A drill tap seems like the course of action, but how in the world do you get it in there?