2003 Xterra valve cover bolt installation


Asked by awlgrip2 Apr 16, 2013 at 01:14 PM about the 2003 Nissan Xterra XE V6

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Hey Guys-
I'm getting ready to replace the valve cover gaskets on my 2003 Xterra...the bolts (fasteners) have a rubber grommet on one side and a metal washer on the other side. Do the fasteners get installed with the metal side up or down against the valve cover. If installed with the rubber side up, the bolt head sinks into the rubber washer and is hard to torque down correctly. It seems to me that the metal side should be "up" against the bolt head to be correct...any suggestions from your experience?
Thanks for the input.................

4 Answers

Not Active


1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.

Hello- Thanks for your response....my question has to do with the fasteners.....I've replaced many valve cover gaskets..I'm just not familiar with these particular fasteners...Rubber and metal. Thanks


I would put the rubber side down and apply pressure to the metal side.


My thoughts exactly..Thanks

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

Looking for a Used Xterra in your area?
CarGurus has 4,550 nationwide Xterra listings starting at $399.

Search Nissan Xterra Questions

Nissan Xterra Experts

#1 Travis Hoyle
Travis Hoyle
Reputation 160
#2 Robert Lavallee
Robert Lavallee
Reputation 90
#3 Reelin68
Reputation 70
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Nissan Pathfinder"
267 Great Deals out of 17,852 listings starting at $2,000
Used Toyota 4Runner"
284 Great Deals out of 11,143 listings starting at $2,790
Used Nissan Frontier"
287 Great Deals out of 10,432 listings starting at $1,991
Used Jeep Wrangler"
607 Great Deals out of 43,072 listings starting at $3,000
Used Jeep Grand Cherokee"
972 Great Deals out of 63,419 listings starting at $1,000
Used Toyota Tacoma"
497 Great Deals out of 17,306 listings starting at $1,999
Used Toyota RAV4"
702 Great Deals out of 37,122 listings starting at $2,898
Used Jeep Liberty"
379 Great Deals out of 9,186 listings starting at $1,990
Used Nissan Murano"
298 Great Deals out of 22,503 listings starting at $2,995
Used Ford Escape"
1,312 Great Deals out of 76,969 listings starting at $750
Used Honda CR-V"
674 Great Deals out of 51,866 listings starting at $999
Used Ford Explorer"
837 Great Deals out of 41,711 listings starting at $587
Used Ford F-150"
2,634 Great Deals out of 160,763 listings starting at $1,299
Used Honda Pilot"
252 Great Deals out of 13,098 listings starting at $2,843

Used Cars For Sale

2015 Nissan Xterra For Sale
3 Great Deals out of 728 listings starting at $22,899
2014 Nissan Xterra For Sale
8 Great Deals out of 315 listings starting at $18,400
2013 Nissan Xterra For Sale
6 Great Deals out of 234 listings starting at $14,999
2012 Nissan Xterra For Sale
15 Great Deals out of 329 listings starting at $12,900
2011 Nissan Xterra For Sale
12 Great Deals out of 231 listings starting at $11,900