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Old 01-16-2013, 11:16 PM
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I have a hunch that your pcv valve is clogged and the crankcase is building pressure, causing the valve cover gaskets to leak. Repairing the seals and not fixing the clog will only temporary solve the issue.

This isn't certain, but with the info provided, this is my best guess. I can't imagine the valve covers just cracking for no reason, or them over tightening them so much the crack(months later).

There are two v8 engines that were available for your year truck. If it has one spark plug per cylinder, it's the 4.7L. If it has two spark plugs per cylinder, it's the 5.7L hemi. And if it says HEMI under the hood or on the fender, it's the 5.7L hemi. But if you had a hemi it would probably have the fender badge that says hemi, and you'd probably know that, so you probably have the 4.7L. Unless it is a v6.
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Again thanks all for your responses. I went back to the dealership this morning the pictures but they haven't removed them yet as they are still waiting for the replacements to come. The mechanic said that they weren't cracked but were warped to the constant heating an cooling. My response was that there were other areas in the country much colder than Colorado and that I was struggling to accept this as a cause. I've asked them to contact Dodge to get their input on this - to see if this problem is happening in other parts of the country.

It seems that the dealership is only interested in fixing the issue but not really solving the problem.

I've told them that I wanted the old covers and i will send pictures as soon as I can.
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Old 01-17-2013, 11:55 AM
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I have a hunch that your pcv valve is clogged and the crankcase is building pressure, causing the valve cover gaskets to leak. Repairing the seals and not fixing the clog will only temporary solve the issue.

This isn't certain, but with the info provided, this is my best guess. I can't imagine the valve covers just cracking for no reason, or them over tightening them so much the crack(months later).

Thanks I hadn't though about this. I will ask the dealership about this.

There are two v8 engines that were available for your year truck. If it has one spark plug per cylinder, it's the 4.7L. If it has two spark plugs per cylinder, it's the 5.7L hemi. And if it says HEMI under the hood or on the fender, it's the 5.7L hemi. But if you had a hemi it would probably have the fender badge that says hemi, and you'd probably know that, so you probably have the 4.7L. Unless it is a v6.
I don't have a HEMI - I'm certain that it is the 4.7L engine. Thanks for clarifying this for me.
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Sounds like they are over tightening the bolts. Do the next set yourself. Valve cover installation is not hard at all.
I don't think that's such a good idea if he didn't know which engine he had. I'd take it to a different shop, and buy different valve covers.
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