I just finished up insalling a new head gasket. Now the rocker arm cover gasket is leaking. Since it was a new gasket I didn't use any gasket sealer. So now, do I get a new gasket and try again, or just re set it with gasket sealer and be done with it. Also what type of sealer would you guys reccemend?
Two tips ... (1) When I replace my rocker cover, I actually follow the torque specs and do it in several steps. The only time I have ever had a valve cover leak was when my idiot brother cranked it down so hard the cover was warped. (2) Try an OEM gasket for an 8 valve 1.6, They are rubberized and appear to be better quality than some of the pure cork 1.3 gaskets I've seen.
I know your frustration [img]images/graemlins/AR15firing.gif[/img] I went through 3 gaskets before I got one on right. Like above I glued the gasket to the cover. The trouble is getting it on the backside without knocking the gasket off the back corners. Got smart and did a bunch of messing without the gasket and think I found the easiest way on.
Start with the front of the cover held about 8 inches high and the back resting down on the lip. Kinda tilt the cover to the drivers side and move it around a bit and you'll find the spot where it'll slip right under the distributor and you can then let the front down. Do this without the gasket and get the feel of it. I used an inspection mirror to make sure the gasket was in place before I tightened the bolts down.
Hope this helps [img]images/graemlins/40BEER.gif[/img]