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Old 05-25-2010, 07:49 PM   #61
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I tried to do this..... sprayed the bottom of the cover with some sticky gasket stick stuff, stuck the gasket on the cover, put it on CAREFULLY, tightened the bolts, only to find that the back side of the gasket had come out. Then, I couldn't find the stupid torx socket that I had used, so, it's sitting. Probably going to have to get another gasket tomorrow because, by the time I get the cover off to get the gasket out after work, it'll be deformed,

Go figure, I can tear apart several Jeep trannies and transfer cases and put them back together, but I can't even do a simple valve cover gasket replacement!! Looks like I'll have to sell the Saturn, and give back my Saturn Owner's Card, because I'm not worthy!! I'll get it straight, just frustrated.

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Tell you what, we won't require you to get rid of the Saturn or turn in your owners card. But if you screw up that cam cover gasket replacement again, we're meeting half way between VA and FLA and trading cars. After all my single cammer is a '95 too, and more important the cam cover doesn't leak!


But at some point, all of us have had a basic job kick our tails.

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Old 05-25-2010, 07:53 PM   #62
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why not do this yourself?
See my "at a crossroads with my Saturn" thread for the info.

basically, I had little choice. not to mention my dad kept doubting my mechanical abilities, so what can you do.

Oh well, at least I didn't get taken to the cleaners (some of you might say I did anyway, but still) and they gave me a slick deal on it.

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Old 05-25-2010, 08:04 PM   #63
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Tell you what, we won't require you to get rid of the Saturn or turn in your owners card. But if you screw up that cam cover gasket replacement again, we're meeting half way between VA and FLA and trading cars. After all my single cammer is a '95 too, and more important the cam cover doesn't leak!


But at some point, all of us have had a basic job kick our tails.
LOL, you know the funny thing is, this Saturn was originally sold new at Saturn of VA Beach!!! It would be going back home!!

Anyway, found out the problem, there is no gasket for a '95 DOHC with the aluminum cam cover, just RTV!! What Advance sold me was for a DOHC with the plastic com cover, which I didn't think they had both in '95, I went to my local Napa to see if they had a different gasket, and they told me it takes the black RTV. Here's a pic of the finished product, and, yes, I'm keeping the Saturn, sorry,



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Old 05-25-2010, 08:55 PM   #64
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today I replaced my engine coolant temperature sensor in my Saturn then slowly poured a 1/3 can of Sea Foam into the throttle body while the engine was running. I let it sit for 5 minutes then started it and drove around the block fogging mosquitoes.

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New OEM O2 sensor and a rotate and balance on the tires.

Stuck a gauge on the A/C. Low/Low - High/High

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Old 05-25-2010, 10:16 PM   #67
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there is no gasket for a '95 DOHC with the aluminum cam cover, just RTV!!......


.....and they told me it takes the black RTV.
Sounds like they lied to you or dont know what they're talking about. Did you finally get the gasket or did you use RTV as the gasket? Using just RTV is OK if you plan on selling the car and know you'll never see it agian or to someone you have a deep hatred for.

I swear if I ever buy another S-Series where someone has used RTV instead of the proper gasket, I'll find the person who did the work and give them a sex change operation via my left foot.

Having to pry and beat an RTV's cover off = not fun

Having to use a wire brush wheel to get all the gobbed on RTV off the recess on the cover = not fun

Finding RTV boogers in the head, between the timing chain cover and block, in the oil pan, and clogging up the oil pick up tube because it oooozed out on installation = not fun.

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Old 05-25-2010, 10:53 PM   #68
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Sounds like they lied to you or dont know what they're talking about. Did you finally get the gasket or did you use RTV as the gasket? Using just RTV is OK if you plan on selling the car and know you'll never see it agian or to someone you have a deep hatred for.

I swear if I ever buy another S-Series where someone has used RTV instead of the proper gasket, I'll find the person who did the work and give them a sex change operation via my left foot.

Having to pry and beat an RTV's cover off = not fun

Having to use a wire brush wheel to get all the gobbed on RTV off the recess on the cover = not fun

Finding RTV boogers in the head, between the timing chain cover and block, in the oil pan, and clogging up the oil pick up tube because it oooozed out on installation = not fun.
I didn't like the idea either. This was what Felpro had listed on their list, and the gasket that was given to me wasn't going to cut it, it was made for a different cover, even though the outline matched perfectly. Believe me, I would rather have the gasket if I could get the correct one. Anyone know a good part number? Thanks!

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Old 05-25-2010, 10:57 PM   #69
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Anyone know a good part number? Thanks!

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Felpro part #vs50451r

For the 1992-1995 DOHC aluminum valve covers.

http://www.autozone.com/autozone/cat...Text=vs50451r+

Sounds like they originally gave you the Felpro VS50454R for the 1996-1998 composite DOHC covers.

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Jerryy, might be my aged eyes, but why does it look like there's a straight line where your exhaust manifold is gray on the left (#1) and rusty on the right in the picture?

And it might be the angle, but I only see 2 of the timing cover to engine mount studs?

I still think you have a great looking car, even better with the red cam cover. I was contemplating painting mine when I had it off, but I was too lazy to really clean it off

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Old 05-26-2010, 04:51 PM   #71
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Felpro part #vs50451r

For the 1992-1995 DOHC aluminum valve covers.

http://www.autozone.com/autozone/cat...Text=vs50451r+

Sounds like they originally gave you the Felpro VS50454R for the 1996-1998 composite DOHC covers.
Thanks, Low Saturn! You're a lifesaver!! You're right, that's what happened, I just found the Felpro box, and it clearly states "VS 50454 R" on the end. The RTV looks like it's sealing (for now), but, I'm going to go ahead and get the REAL Felpro gasket next week. Thanks again for the part number,

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Jerry, might be my aged eyes, but why does it look like there's a straight line where your exhaust manifold is gray on the left (#1) and rusty on the right in the picture?
Not sure what exactly you're talking about. My eyes might be going too,

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And it might be the angle, but I only see 2 of the timing cover to engine mount studs?
Your eyes are not playing tricks, I need to take care of that.

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I still think you have a great looking car, even better with the red cam cover. I was contemplating painting mine when I had it off, but I was too lazy to really clean it off
Thanks, like I said, it was more orange then I had wanted, but, it still looks better then the battle ship gray!!!

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Not sure what exactly you're talking about. My eyes might be going too,
The section in the yellow area... looking a little closer, it looks like it might be some kind of heat shield?

I'm pretty sure I don't have one in my car (or I'm just not paying attention )
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That's the bracket that attaches the A/C compressor to the block. If you have A/C on your car, then you would have this also.

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What he said, LOL!

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Heh, never really paid attention to that AC bracket before.

Picture threw me off because it looked like part of the exhaust manifold was taped off and painted gray at first. then when I looked at it again, it looked like something that was molded and shaped right over the exhaust.

Thanks! (I went and looked closer at my engine last night, and yep, I have that there)

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spent most of the day claying my car, then coating it with liquid glass & rain-x on all glass surfaces. i'm burnt from the sun like hell! next thursday it goes in to ziebart for it's annual underbody inspection & re-spray of sound deadner...

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Washed and waxed! first time ever.. since I've owned it (about 5 days, haha).

But it was in desperate need of a wax job!! This NM sun was beating it up and now it looks great!

K&N filter later this week.. then I'm waiting for my 6.5" speakers to come in.

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