Honda CR-V: Valve, Spring, and Valve Seal Installation

Honda CR-V (2006–2011) Service Manual / Engine Mechanical / Cylinder Head / Valve, Spring, and Valve Seal Installation

Special Tools Required

1. Coat the valve stems with engine oil. Install the valves in the valve guides.

2. Check that the valves move up and down smoothly.

3. Install the spring seats on the cylinder head.

4. Install the new valve seals (A) using the valve guide seal installer (B).

NOTE: The exhaust valve seal (C) has a black spring (D), and the intake valve seal (E) has a white spring (F). They are not interchangeable.

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5. Install the valve spring and valve retainer. Place the end of the valve spring with the closely wound coils toward the cylinder head.

6. Install the valve spring compressor. Compress the spring, and install the valve cotters.

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7. Remove the valve spring compressor.

8. Lightly tap the end of each valve stem two or three times with a plastic mallet (A) to ensure proper seating of the valve and valve keepers. Tap the valve stem only along its axis so you do not bend the stem.

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Rocker Arm Assembly Installation

1. Reassemble the rocker arm assembly.

2. Clean and dry the No.5 rocker shaft holder mating surface.

3. Apply liquid gasket, P/N 08717-0004,08718-0001, 08718-0003, or 08718-0009, evenly to the cylinder head mating surface of the No. 5 rocker shaft holder. Install the component within 5 minutes of applying the liquid gasket.


4. Insert the bolts (A) into the rocker shaft holder, then install the rocker arm assembly (B) on the cylinder head.

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5. Remove the bolts from the rocker shaft holder.

6. Make sure the punch marks on the variable valve timing control (VTC) actuator and exhaust camshaft sprocket are facing up, then set the camshafts (A) in the holder.

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7. Set the camshaft holders (B) and cam chain guide B (C) in place.

8. Tighten the bolts to the specified torque.

NOTE: If the engine does not have bolt 21, skip it and continue the torque sequence.

Specified Torque

8 x 1.25 mm
22 N*m (2.2 kgf*m, 16 Ibf*ft)
6x 1.0mm
12 N*m (1.2 kgf*m, 8.7 Ibf*ft)
6 x 1.0 mm Bolts: 21, 22, 23

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9. Install the cam chain, and adjust the valve clearance.


 Cylinder Head Installation

1. Install a new coolant separator in the engine block whenever the engine block is replaced. 2. Clean the cylinder head and block surface. 3. Install the new cylinder head gasket (A) and dowel pins

 Engine Block


 Connecting Rod and Crankshaft End Play Inspection

1. Remove the oil pump. 2. Remove the baffle plates (see step 7). 3. Measure the connecting rod end play with a feeler gauge between the connecting rod and crankshaft. Connecting Rod End Play Standa


 ATF Level Check

NOTE: Keep all foreign particles out of the transmission. 1. Park the vehicle on the level ground. 2. Warm up the engine to normal operating temperature (the radiator fan comes on), and turn the engine off. Do not allow the engine to warm up longer than the time it takes for the radiator fan to com

 Radiator Cap Test

1. Remove the radiator cap (A), wet the seal with engine coolant, then install it on the pressure tester (B) (commercially available). 2. Apply a pressure of 93-123 kPa (0.95-1.25 kgf/cm2, 14-18 psi). 3. Check for a drop in pressure. 4. If the pressure drops, replace the cap. Radiator Test 1. W

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