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Old 12-29-06, 08:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Time for a valve cover gasket change

Well dudes, I have the gasket and I'm getting the sealant tomorrow, anything I need to look out for when I'm replacing the valve cover gasket? It seems pretty straightforward, so I figured I'd check in and see if anyone has an idea or 2 for me while I'm doing it.

Anyone? Anything?
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Don't over-torque the nuts, or else the studs will snap, and they're known to snap off real easily.
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replace your spark plug grommets as well or make sure your valve cover gasket comes with them.
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if you take the valve cover off is there any kind of sealing that needs to be done when putting it back on?
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Don't over-torque the nuts, or else the studs will snap, and they're known to snap off real easily.
I read to just tighten em until the nut barely touches the screw, and then give a quarter turn after that...sound right?
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^ i've just hand tighten them, Having snapped a stud already, it really doesn't take much.

I'm not sure what you mean by "sealing" but you need to use some sort of gasket sealer (black permatax works).
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No you dont, you dont need sealer.
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You need to put that gasket stuff in the sharp corners of the valve cover or they won't seal correctly. Helms says all those little bolts are torqued to something like 9.8 pounds. Most torque wrenches don't go that low.... Helpful information isn't it?
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yes you do.
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yes you do.
Just about everyone says I need the gasket seal stuff (Hondabond or something), why wouldn't I need it? That mofo's gotta stay put...
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yes you do.
I've never put any of those sealers on the many valve-cover gasket changes I've done and none of them have leaked.
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^ i've done plenty of valve covers myself but

when i use gasket sealer 100% never leaked
w/o: 8/10 heave not leaked.
It's like $3 bucks, just do it right.
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^ i've done plenty of valve covers myself but

when i use gasket sealer 100% never leaked
w/o: 8/10 heave not leaked.
It's like $3 bucks, just do it right.
So if I do it like Coldfire was talking about, and just seal the corners, would that work, or should I seal it all the way around?
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