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I replaced the valve cover gaskets on my 2007 6S Hatch V6 thought I would write up a DIY since I couldn't find one on here for the V6.
I used this as a guide (page 160) Fusion Swap Manual
Bank 2 Front:

Disconnect the ignition coils, upper and lower O2 sensors, VVT solenoid and another plug that I'm unsure of its purpose


Remove all of the tabs holding the connectors in place and the two bolts holding the brackets for the wires ( you can just unclip everything on the one by the fill cap and leave it attached to the valve cover but I found it easier to just remove the one 10mm bolt)


Remove the vent tube (yellow) and remove the valve cover bolts --10mm you will need a deep well socket-- (orange) NOTE: they have rubber grommets that should hold them in the valve cover once they're loose but those do sometimes come out so be sure not to lose any of the bolts or worse have one of them fall down into the engine Slowly begin prying the cover off CAREFULLY REMEMBER YOU ARE WORKING WITH ALUMINUM! Once you have it started you can continue to remove it by hand.


Remove the old seal and clean the surface, especially the four points where RTV sealant is used



If you are replacing the OCV seal remove the old one, I found that the old seals came out much easier with heat (I used an old hair dryer). When installing the new ones the "Fusion Swap Manual" suggested you use some RTV sealant around the outer diameter of the seals as well as around the OVC where the seal would sit. Tap the new seal in place with a socket I used a 1 1/8 socket.


Press the new valve cover/spark plug tube seals into the grooves on the valve cover working slowly to make sure they are fully seated using a socket to roll along the seal can help a lot with this process.

Place a dot of RTV sealant on the spots shown above

reinstall the valve cover, torque spec is 89 inch lbs for the valve cover bolts order is in the picture below


the rest is done in reverse order:
reinstall the coils
place all of the wiring back into its proper place and plug everything back in
reconnect the vent tube
 

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Bank 1 Rear

Remove the upper intake plenum:
egr tube, vacuum lines, TB coolant lines, detach the plugs connected to the intake unbolt and lift it off


Cover the lower intake


detach this plastic box from the back of the Valve cover the nuts are 8mm


better view of said "box"


remove the coils and valve cover bolts same as above

unplug OCV

gently pry up on the valve cover then continue removing it by hand

This is where things get difficult, there's not enough room to lift the valve cover off but you have some options:
1. remove the OCV (be careful not to lose the bolt in the engine)
2. support the engine and remove the engine mount then lower the engine slightly
3. I was able to remove all of the bolts from the valve cover completely and spin it enough to get it out (used some cardboard to organize the bolts to make certain they went back in the exact same spots)

clean the surface as mentioned above

OCV seal installation is the same as above

valve cover/spark plug tube seals installation same as above

On the rear cylinder head there are only two point that require RTV sealant those are the two by the timing chain

reposition the valve cover (reinstall bolts if applicable)

tighten bolts to 89 inch pounds in order shown in picture


the rest is reverse of removal
 

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The fusion swap manual listed is currently hosted by @DrFeelGood
I purchased the OCV seals HERE
and the Valve cover gaskets HERE (FEL-PRO VS50706R)
If there's anything I missed feel free to let me know hopefully this will help someone
 

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Nice write up!
 

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needs more grease, swearing, empty beer cans, blood... your write up makes it look so quick and easy. how long did this take?
 

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Well done! This is a DIY done right--not a single broken image link in sight!
 

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needs more grease, swearing, empty beer cans, blood... your write up makes it look so quick and easy. how long did this take?


Plenty of grease (mostly old oil sludge stuck to the outside of the heads from the leaks), plenty of swearing mostly at the rear one, I don’t drink, I’m just as surprised as you that there was no blood lol
The front is really easy the time stamps on the camera show it was about two hours but take into account about 15 minutes of trying to remove the old OCV seal before I decided to try heat and about 30-45 minutes of trying to clean the valve cover because I originally wanted to paint them to match the engine cover but I couldn’t get them clean enough and decided against it for now. The rear also took about two hours accounting for about 15 minutes of removing the old seal mine was so dried out that it started falling apart as I was trying to take it off it also left sections stuck to the head that were nearly impossible to scrape off without damaging the aluminum and probably another 20 minutes trying to find a way to get the valve cover off without having to remove the ocv or engine mount it also took me a small amount of time to move the wiring out of the way the outer sleeves on 99% of my engine wiring harness are dried to the point of being cement lol
All in all it was a fairly easy job the back one can just be tedious because of everything you have to remove.


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I need to do this to my car before I take it out of the garage in the spring. I also should find a new injector harness too, mine is quite hard and dry, not sure it is gonna survive being taken out of the way.
 

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you made good time. right on par with what the shop computer lists, which helps the shop quote labor to a customer before digging in (3.5 hours in this case but a shop has all the tools organized, plus experience and instructions) :)
 

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Help Extra Wire

Thanks for the step by step write up on this. It helped me out greatly when doing this for a friend who doesn't have a ton of money to take it to a full-time Mazda mechanic . It's a 2008 Mazda6 V6. It's my first time working on a Mazda and was surprised by the amount of Ford parts on this car. As I was doing this I took pictures so I would know where everything went when I was done. Somehow I missed a wire and not sure where it goes if it goes anywhere at all. If you are facing the engine there are a few wires bundled together right near the dipstick with your mystery wire in your picture. I cannot figure out what this wire plugs into if anything. You can see it in my attachments. The car runs fine no warning lights on the dash so I am clueless as to what it is for. Thanks in advance for helping
 

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