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Curious, my 96 Continental's valve covers appear to be weeping a bit. With the intercooler, how many hours do you all figure for replacement? I understand I can get away with a retorque sometimes, may even just leave alone as it's minor, but it looks like a relatively intensive job on these later turbo models.
 

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You have original cork seal, which is a major mistake in my opinion.
You should replace them by silicon ones, search on forum topics.

Retorque has its limit, once the cork is completely pressed and old and damaged by oil and time, retorque is useless and can dammage the cover.

Replacing is a main job as you have to take off all what is above, intercooler , plenum chamber....and the room is extremely short.

Sooner or later you will have to do it, plan 2/3 days, depending on your hability.

Otherwise have it done because this is really not easy if you have no experience, this is not a job to start working on those cars.
 

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We are right now doing it, on my 1996 spur... we changed all seals of the parts that came off, because the rubber ones are hardened and shrunk, O rings too. about 700 euros worth of seals/ gaskets. It really makes sense, you dont want to go down there soon again!
 

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Do not forget if you had cork seal, you need spacer too.

Its much much more difficult indeed an a late SZ with intercooler and there are other seals to replace.
Triangle yellow seals for example for oil filler as the material as changed.
Spur Berlin , I sent you a private message / conversaiton, don't know if you saw it
 

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Great insight guys, thank you! spur_Berlin, you don't happen to have a parts list on those seals? That could be a really handy item for anyone planning to tackle that job. Once done, I will definitely avoid the cork. I initially asked about man hours as IETIS seemed on the low side from what I could gather. How long would you think a RR specialist should take on this job?
 

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The updated seals, distance pieces and grommets are available from Flying Spares or in the US at Alber's.
 

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Yes, flying spares has been an excellent resource so far. I was referring to the other seals along the way to the actual valve covers. The ones the spur_Berlin mentioned.
 

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They have them. If the valve cover seals are the only source of leaks, I would not touch the triangle seals due to the labor to access them.
 

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Agree, forget the rear triangle, but you need at least one to replace the front one with oil filler which has to be taken off.
Also, that will be the occasion to clean flame trap and replace filter, because on those cars with intercooler its a mess to replace as you need to take all parts above.

I think a specialist would ask indeed at least a full day job, maybe 2.
If your brake pumps are oily that's also time to replace seals, because they are very deep and you need also to take everything above off.

Jim Walters will tell you more on time for a professional who knows those cars with intercooler and what to replace.
Its a specific job with intercooler engine and its better to find somebody who did it.
Bentley has an official procedure in IETIS, but in my opinion as often a little too much complicated.
 

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Great insight guys, thank you! spur_Berlin, you don't happen to have a parts list on those seals? That could be a really handy item for anyone planning to tackle that job. Once done, I will definitely avoid the cork. I initially asked about man hours as IETIS seemed on the low side from what I could gather. How long would you think a RR specialist should take on this job?
I have a list, but only printed and not at hand but with my mechanics. I could make a scan.
 

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Very unsafe to drive at the moment. You have zero margin of safety.
Early cork gaskets deform easily and do not like to be disturbed vs the updated seals. Always a good idea to place the cover on a flat surface to confirm flatness.
 

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Well, just finished the valve cover gaskets...not a job for the faint of heart on these later SZs with the intercooler. Thought I would share some info. Even though my euro mechanic completed this job, I'm very active with research and preparation:

1. A few video's I found online can provide a general sense on what needs to be removed, etc. I'm not advocating any of the work only that you might find it helpful.

These are from a 1997 Bentley Brooklands.

These are from a Conti R and I believe an active user of the forum (very helpful thanks!). They identify the fuel rail maintenance that you should also address while you are in there.

2. We ordered a specific kit from Albers that takes care of the upgrade to silicon gaskets as well as supplemental gaskets and o-rings that you'll likely need. I'm including a pdf that has the TSB from RR/Bentley along with the parts used...I numbered each part on the respective schematic that includes the part number. These were the ancillary items that came with the Albers kit. We used most but not all items from the kit.

3. What's not included in any of these diagrams are the other parts needed including all vacuum lines and t's that will definitely break and if they don't replace them anyway. In hindsight, I would have also ordered all the coolant lines on the intercooler ahead of time.

4. As is reported throughout the forum, this is a good time to replace the fuel lines and o-rings. In my case, this job was just completed prior to my ownership, so coming back to do the gaskets was not fun. Here's a pic part way through the teardown. This is also reported as a good time to the brake pump seals. Mine were dry, so we didn't. Should have, but just a judgement call based on all circumstances.

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5. As mentioned on the forum, this job takes many more hours than you would think. I believe we everything we were around 17, although on the first video above, the tech that completed indicated he billed the customer 9 hours.

6. Plan on a real tacky gasket sealer or glue to get that new gasket to stay.

Hope this helps someone/anyone. I'm just glad it's done the lack of the errant oil burning smell is a nice improvement!
 

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Jean, Good point! Hadn't thought of that when I watching, but used more for some perspective on the plenums, throttle body, etc. Thanks again for your earlier insight...you mentioned this was "not a good job to start with". I'm glad I took your advice. I've been busy enough with a bunch of interior work!
 

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We just did the same thing with my ´97 Silver Spur. First time Rolls-Royce for my mechanics and they couldnt believe how complicated it is. We changed avery seal and O-Ring down to the hydraulic pumps on the way.
Are you in Berlin, Germany?

I have a set of brand new valve cover gaskets in my garage for exactly this engine. Send me a message if you need them.

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Spur Berlin,

Hope you put silicon cover gaskets with spacers and not the old cork.
I sent you a PM / conversation, don't know if you saw it
 
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