I was told this at a repair shop and I am trying to verify
does the engine have to come out to replace the timing cover gasket? on 2004 Ford Taurus
No it does not! While the cover is off, sure would be a darn good time to replace any other componets that are questionable AT ALL!!
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they may want to R&R engine to do repair but in the factory information there is a specified procedure to R&R front timing cover engine in car service/repair. i'd hunt around for another shop.