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Old 04-09-2007, 11:15 AM   #1
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Default re-seal the valve cover gasket?

so my valve cover gasket leaks. not badly, but enough that i need to do something about it. i was going to just buy a new one, at like $20 on saturnparts.net.

but is there any way to simply re-seal the existing one? some kind of chemical or lube or anything i could buy at the local Advanced or Autozone?

if there is, how is it applied?

please advise. thanx all.
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Default Re: re-seal the valve cover gasket?

This is probably not recommended but if you were going to reseal it you would use RTV. There are different types but the auto part store counter person should be able to help out. Everything would have to be cleaned up WELL since RTV doesn't stick to an oily surface.
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Your car (presuming it's the one in your profile) has a pre-formed rubber cam cover gasket, which includes the o-ring set for the spark plug holes. There is no stop-gap. They key, when replacing it, is to get the surfaces CLEAN and dry. The only place you _need_ RTV is at the two points where the timing cover meets the cylinder head. Some have recommended a THIN FILM of RTV on the rest of the gasket, to help "glue" it in place, but it's still the rubber gasket itself that seals the cover.
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Just get a new gasket, they're only $20 or so. You can mess with it all you want, it still will probably leak. Just do it right the first time. And dont try over tightening the bolts thinking tigher is better and it wont leak. That just will snap the bolts.
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i bought red RTV silicone sealant. is that good?
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i bought red RTV silicone sealant. is that good?
You can use it for the small dab needed for the "T" joint where the head meets the timing chain cover. Other than that, its not needed nor recommended to use anywhere else on the valve cover.
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Just do it right the first time. And dont try over tightening the bolts thinking tigher is better and it wont leak. That just will snap the bolts.
Or it'll warp the cover, _causing_ a leak.
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Or it'll warp the cover, _causing_ a leak.
Actually if you look at the design of the valve cover bolts, the shank at the top of the bolt comes in direct contact with the head. It passes complety through the valve cover. The bolts kind of just hold the cover in place with a tiny bit of downforce. Tightening the bolts more than recommended doesnt really press the cover more into the head, just snaps off the bolts.
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I used a thin film of RTV Ultra-Black on mine. I wiped the surfaces real good with acetone first. Seals for me.
I would have replaced the gasket but it's on a car that we are troubleshooting and didn't want to spend more money on. Now that the car is running good I will replace the gaskets next time I have a reason to remove the valve cover.
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Actually if you look at the design of the valve cover bolts, the shank at the top of the bolt comes in direct contact with the head. It passes complety through the valve cover. The bolts kind of just hold the cover in place with a tiny bit of downforce. Tightening the bolts more than recommended doesnt really press the cover more into the head, just snaps off the bolts.
Oof, that _is_ a good way to break off the bolt. And given this design, it'd most likely break off nice and flush with the head (not a good day).
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