Car is 2001 Camry 4 cyl. 77k miles. I was trying to to replace PCV
valve and grommet. The valve came off easily but the grommet has
turned out to be a nightmare. I used needle nosed pliers to pull on
the upper lip of the grommet, and it just broke off. Even after
gripping with the sides of the pliers (so that more material is
gripped), the grommet is just disintegrating. I stopped when I only
had about 1/4th of the upper lip left. If that goes I risk having the
grommet fall inside the valve cover. The problem is that the grommet
has a lower lip that is causing it to be stuck
Do the experts here on the group have any special tips to get the
It sounds like the grommet has hardened. In this case I would use a small
pair of wire side-cutters or a small screw-driver to break the remainder of
the grommet while using a rag stuffed in the hole beforehand to stop any
pieces escaping into the rocker-cover.
grommet until the valve cover is removed. That way you can hold it
upside down and let the pieces fall out instead of in.
Would recommend you remove the valve cover and replace that gasket
also. Use Toyota FIPG (form in place gasket) material at the four
spots where the round sealing surface at the cams (4 cyl.) meet the
flat. Clean the sealing surfaces thoroughly first. I use Berryman B-12
Chemtool sprayed on a rag.
It's not a wasted effort since the valve cover is a common source of
Correct torque is 17 ft. lbs. (I think). You'll need a 30 mm socket.
Pull on the spark plug boots only, not the wires. Probably a good idea
to retorque the valve cover nuts after a period of time since that
gasket will compress as the engine heats up and allow them to appear
loose after a short time.
Broken pieces of the PCV grommet do not fall into the valve cover
exactly, but into the valve cover oil baffle at the top of the cover.
If they don't come out by inverting the cover, try spraying upside
down with the Berryman to dissolve the oil film holding them.
I had the same problem with a 99 Seinna. In my case the grommet fell into the valve cover. I was able to feel it with my little finger. I took a metal coat hanger and bent the end into a hook, just make sure the hook is small enought to fit into the center of the grommet. I was able to fit the hook into the center of the gromment while it was in the valve cover. As I pulled it up, the hook caught the bottom edge of the grommet and I was able to pull it throught the hole.
I would use the coat hanger and feed it through the grommet and catch the bottom edge and try to pull it up. I cut the hanger into a 6" length so it was easier to handle.
valve cover. I was able to feel it with my little finger. I took a metal coat
hanger and bent the end into a hook, just make sure the hook is small enought to
fit into the center of the grommet.=You were fortunate you had a single piece to retrieve.
I had only fragments - it may have been possible to fish them out with
a bent coat hanger using grease on the end as adhesive, but I had
already removed the valve cover prior to attempting this, so it was no
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