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post #1 of (permalink) Old 07-31-2001, 09:32 PM
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valve cover gasket!!!!!

How the heck do I get this thing not to leak? I couldn't find anywhere in my worthless hanes manual how hard to tighten the bolts. I've already ruined the gasketI bought earlier today, How to I make the next one work?

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Re: valve cover gasket!!!!!

It could be your valve cover is bent up where it meets the head. Verify that this is straight and true. The 4 mounting bolts shouldn't need to be very tight. They are only 6mm bolts that thread into aluminum. Too much torque and you'll strip the threads.....

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Cam shaft cover torque spec is 3.0 to 3.5 ft lbs.

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Re: valve cover gasket!!!!!

Don't over-torque the four bolts holding it on. I used a cork gasket with that "form-a-gasket" compound on both sides, no leaks. Be sure your valve cover isn't warped.

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Re: valve cover gasket!!!!!

I just did an engine rebuild and the cork gaskit that came with the kit didnt fit worth a crap on any of the 3 valve covers that I have laying around. I ended up trimming the gasket and using gaskit maker to get it to fit correctly. I am going to try and get another gaskit hoping that the one I got was junk.

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I had troubles getting my valve cover to not leak also. It keps popping in along the sides in the curves. I finally got a Suzuki gasket, it was much stiffer than the other 3, it is almost a cardboard type material or very dense cork. I used Permatex spray tack and glued the gasket to the valve cover, 2 coats a few minutes apart then let it tack up good and stick the gasket to the cover. Then I installed it to the head dry. No more leaks!! Fianlly.. 4 gaskets later...

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Two words about the valve cover gasket which will make your life MUCH easier....DEALER PART! They're only a couple bucks more but they are 500% better! Trust me. I went through 2 cheapies before I gave up and bought one from the dealer.

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I blew the side out of my gasket at the melt. It was one out of a rebuild kit. I replaced it with one from Napa and to the correct torque and its not leaking. Even with no sealer.

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I don't use a gasket. I used a RTV silicon sealant. No leaks in six years.

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