I was told this at a repair shop and I am trying to verify
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2004 Ford Taurus Question: does the engine have to come out to replace the timing cover gasket?
Answer #1solo1511 from Solomon's Auto & Truck Repair LLC, September 02, 2013, 16:06Technician
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.
Answer #2pushrod September 02, 2013, 17:32Master
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!!