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We recently bought this 2014 Journey AWD 3.6, 112K Miles, when it's cold there is a predominate  tick from the engine.  It doesn't quite go away when warm but isn't as noticeable  I assume it's from the rockers, as I've learned they can be a problem. I plan to have the sparkplugs replaced soon. I am thinking of having the rockers replaced at the same time, since I found out how much you have to remove just to get to the sparkplugs. Not sure I'm up to doing this myself, any advice on the subject.  Average price to replace plugs and rockers by a mechanic?

 

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Youre looking at 500 plus for rockers. I did mine myself. Found some videos on youtube. If you do them or a mechanic does. Make sure to replace both valve cover gaskets. I did the the repair around similar mileage to yours. Hell since youre past the mileage and have to take off the pcv valve anyway. You might as well replace that too.

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Thanks, that's about what I thought. I could probably do it myself and save some money, but I'm getting tired of working on cars, so maybe I'll let my mechanic do it, at least find out what he'll charge.  I saw a few videos, and just to replace the sparkplugs you have to pull the intake manifold, not sure that's was a good design idea. Is there a gasket to replace on it too? So I assume, going after the rockers isn't much more work.  Other wise the car seems fine and I hope to get about 100K out of it, fingers crossed. I'm petty much old school not used to plastic engine parts.

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Under the intake manifold is 6 ports with a gasket on each. Those I didnt bother replacing. I put paper towel in each port to stop debris from falling in.

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Tighten the manifold bolts down in this order. 1 is coverd under the volume bar.

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Second video is more helpful. Pro tip have an extendable magnet in case a rocker falls in the valve train. Its not the end of the world if it does. I advise unhooking the battery leads too.

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Thanks again and thanks for the videos.  I wish someone would put out a repair manual, rather have one handy especially working on the engine.  The job doesn't look that hard, I may give it a try.

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I did this repair on my 2014 van. Just one rocker failed the others were still in good shape so I left them alone.  The hardest part of the job was getting the rear cover bolts off. They and the wiring are tight at the firewall.

Hank

 

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