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Old 09-13-2004, 11:21 PM   #1
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Yes sir, I switch to mobil 1 synthetic and it starts leakin like a seive. But the good thing is they are all in my valve cover gasket. There were two leaks from it before, but now there are more leaks that aren't too bad and one that runs onto my #1 & 2 header pipes.

It's not too difficult to change the valve cover gasket is it? It looks like somebody did before and didn't do it right...probably why it's leaking. I hope they torqued it right. I have a nice torque wrench. Anything else I need beside the gasket? What type of sealer? Will I need new bolts? ...maybe a link to a how-to if there is one.

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P.S. My engine actually feels smoother and better after switching over from regular pennzoil.
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"S" Series Cam Cover Gasket Replacement
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Actually those leaks are not really a bad thing as it was probably deposits inside the engine that the M1 has cleaned away that were plugging the leaks. Less deposits=better.
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well I know that it's not "bad" it's just I'd rather not be leaking oil all over my engine compartment. There is a bigger leak by the power steering pump (which is also leaking at the cap) and it drips down onto the alternator.

Thanks for the link...I'll try to do that sometime this week...or next.
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okay you say there is actually not a gasket for the early saturns (91-95)??

Well, maybe somebody should tell SPS that cuz they have gaskets for sale for all year models.

Saturn OE Cam Cover Gasket for 92-95 DOHC w/alum cover
Part Number: SAT21009403 ... $36.98

Can I actually use this gasket? Would it help to stop leaks better? Maybe give a better seal w/ the RTV stuff.
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There is a gasket for 91-95'. However, many feel that it's actually better to use straight RTV instead. Several of us have used both with success. The aluminum valve covers tend to be a little more rigid and will work with the RTV. The composite ones absolutely need the gasket!
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Also, be sure you have a low-range torque wrench -- the cam cover bolts are only 89 inch/lbs, or about 7.5 ft/lbs. I just asked about the gasket myself in a thread about a week ago. I always thought using gasket goop alone would be more reliable and longer lasting than using a gasket with goop only at the T-joint.
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okay you say there is actually not a gasket for the early saturns (91-95)??

Well, maybe somebody should tell SPS that cuz they have gaskets for sale for all year models.

Saturn OE Cam Cover Gasket for 92-95 DOHC w/alum cover
Part Number: SAT21009403 ... $36.98

Can I actually use this gasket? Would it help to stop leaks better? Maybe give a better seal w/ the RTV stuff.
If you've ever SEEN that "gasket" you'd laugh your ass clean off, then cry your eyes out when you remember what you paid for it. The "gassket" is a SERVICE PART designed to make the replacement faster and easier at the dealer. From the factory the OEM is NOT a gasket, it's just "grey" RTV on the 91'-94/95' SOHC/DOHC with ALUMINUM covers. I should know I've taken DOZENS if not 100 off.
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Ok cool, now off to buy RTV sealant and get to work...whenever I have some free time that is. Thanks wolfman and everybody else. I'll let you know if I still have leaks.

one more thing though, I don't know if this is from the leaks or what but the underside of my plug wires is coated in an oily residue, like it was spraying onto them from somewhere.
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Your cam cover gasket was leaking around the spark plug wells.
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let me rephrase that. The actual wires from the cam cover to the coilpacks are oily on the bottom and not on top. Near the coilpacks there are little black dots all over the wires.
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So when you said "underside" and "bottom", you were referring to the lower portion of the ignition wires near the coilpacks, not the lower portion of the spark plug boot inside the spark plug well?
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let me rephrase that. The actual wires from the cam cover to the coilpacks are oily on the bottom and not on top. Near the coilpacks there are little black dots all over the wires.
Are you running a crankcase breather filter or a hose from the cam cover to intake? If you're running a breather, the oil is coming out the filter and dumping on your wires and coil packs.
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a breather? no. But I did notice that my PCV hose is pretty much coming off of the crankcase. But if that was spraying the oil it still doesn't explain why there are little droplets all over around the wires near the coil packs.
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I know what it is. A small spray of oil coming from the pressure in my engine was blown and back onto my wires by my fan. Gotta fix this now...everything is getting messy.
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