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post #1 of (permalink) Old 08-17-2003, 10:45 AM Thread Starter
 
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Leaking like the Exxon Valdez

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?
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 08-17-2003, 10:55 AM
 
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Re: Leaking like the Exxon Valdez

it is probably shifted out of place if it new and positioned corectly it shouldnt leak even without sealant
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Re: Leaking like the Exxon Valdez

I would just try using a silicone on the new gasket and be done with it. But don't be skimpy with the siliconem, just load it on there.

For as the type of silicone try "Super Weather Strip Adhesive" made by 3M. I've been using this for quite some time now and it always works for me.
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Re: Leaking like the Exxon Valdez

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.
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Re: Leaking like the Exxon Valdez

I like to put gasket sealer on the valve cover side only so the gasket is cemented to it . This makes for esier removal for maintance of those peskey noisy valves!!!
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Re: Leaking like the Exxon Valdez

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]
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Re: Leaking like the Exxon Valdez

I want to thank you guys for the help. Come to think of it the old gasket I removed was rubber not cork; and yes that's exactlu where it's leaking where the cover meets the dist.
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Re: Leaking like the Exxon Valdez

Using a 17mm wrench, slowly turn the bolt on your crank pulley clockwise until the rocker for the #4 cylinder moves down and out of the way. The valve cover will be easier to remove and replace.

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