I wasn't going to do this one, but as someone was recently asking about it, I changed my mind.
Bear in mind that the actual pictures were of the Freelander engine, but the engine is the same.
The symptoms of the camshaft cover gasket going are obviously oil loss and oil down the top part of the engine. Another symptom can be oil gathering in the spaces where the spark plugs go.
Changing the camshaft cover gasket is quite an easy job.
To get full access you need to remove the engine inspection cover.
To do this you also need to remove the wind stop if you have one. Fold the roof back and remove the wind stop
Now fold the roof forward and undo the clips that hold the rear of the hood to the car body (At least unclip the hood to windscreen clips when you do this as it releases a bit of tension).
and fold the rear part of the hood forward. Remember to avoid creases in the window when folding. If you cannot get the rear hood to stay up by itself you can tie it up.
Next remove the wind stop brackets using an allen key
and the 3 cross head screws from the top of the T-bar cover.
The cover then pulls forward (you will have to move the seats forward first). There are 2 plastic push in fasteners at each end of the cover and two at the top of the arm rest. These simply pull out when you pull the cover forward, or break off if my experience is anything to go by. I am now sick of gluing them and I am going to use black plastic screws to hold in place. You may also need to pull the door seal off at each side to release the cover.
Pull the cover forward out of the way and rest on the seats.
Next you need to remove the two 10mm bolts (one at each end) holding the speaker pods to the body, and place out of the way.
The box in the picture is for holding any screws and bits removed. I really recommend this as it saves you hours of searching for bits.
Next remove the parcel shelf cover
and the soundproofing
and remove the inspection panel
You should now be faced with an engine (if not, then you have a bigger problem
On the TF or MEMS 3
First remove the top cover from the engine. There are 3 8mm bolts. Two long ones at the top and a shorter one in the middle front.
This exposes the coil packs and HT leads
Two of the plugs are easy to get at and you just pull the plug caps up and out.
The other two are accessed by removing the two 8mm securing bolts and pulling each coil pack up and out
Next slacken and remove the 15 x 8mm bolts securing the camshaft cover in place.
The early MGF cover is slightly different.
Remove the 2 cross head screws holding the spark plug cover in place
Now remove the plug leads from the plugs and clear of the head. They are of different lengths and shouldn't be difficult to refit. If you are unsure then label them.
Remove the 15 x 8mm bolts.
Using a block of wood or hide faced hammer, tap around the edge of the camshaft cover to loosen it.
Remove the cover and you should see the old cover gasket.
Remove the old gasket and clean the mating faces of the cam carrier and the camshaft cover. Also inspect for damage.
Refit the new gasket, noting the orientation information stamped on it.
Now, reassemble the engine, torqueing the cover bolts to 9Nm.
Run the engine before refitting the engine inspection panel and check for leaks.
If ok then reassemble the rest of the car.
This is probably one of the easiest gaskets to change and should solve an annoying oil leak.