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Old 11-04-2008, 05:51 PM   #1
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I went to change my valve cover today and wouldn't u know the dm thing wouldn't fit. Autozone tried 2 gaskets and neither fit right. They had to cut and use rtv gasket maker to make it fit right. I have a 97 sl2.
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It's supposed to be a little big, and yes, it will fit. Don't let some $7 an hour counter jockey install parts on your car, they obviously don't know what they're doing. They've destroyed your new gasket, and I would take it back tomorrow first thing and demand your money back or a replacement gasket. Install it properly, it will fit.
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I totally agree with Squareback. That guy ruined your gasket. They're usually a little long. They expand and contract with heat and cold. The mistake most people make is slightly stretching it when installing it on the cover. By the time you're done, theres too much left over. You're actually supposed to do the opposite. You should scrunch it down as you press it into the groove. It will fit perfectly once completed.
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I tried everything to get it to fit. The garage also said its not suppose to be that long. It was 5 inches too long. If it starts to leak I am gonna go back and complain. SO far so good
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I tried everything to get it to fit. The garage also said its not suppose to be that long. It was 5 inches too long. If it starts to leak I am gonna go back and complain. SO far so good

I've used that same gasket on several cars without an issue.
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I tried everything to get it to fit. The garage also said its not suppose to be that long. It was 5 inches too long. If it starts to leak I am gonna go back and complain. SO far so good
The garage is wrong, it's entirely due to improper installation that it doesn't fit. Go to Saturn, buy their gasket. It's the same size. I would be there at 8AM tomorrow complaining, don't wait for it to be a problem, you won't have a leg to stand on.
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One other thing I've noticed about the valve cover gasket kits. The ones with the blue insulators, I find, require 10 inch-lbs more than the ones with the black insulators. I don't know if anyone else has had this happen. My SW2 has a kit with the blue insulators, and my SL2 has the one with the black insulators. The SL2 requires the normal 89 inch pounds. With the Wagon, I had to tweak it with the blue insulators by 10 inch pounds more. At 89, it leaked near where the timing chain would be, and also in plug wells two and three.

So, I'm not sure if anyone else has had this problem, but there is definitely a difference between the two cars even though they both have the same composite covers. The only obvious difference is the insulators. The gaskets may be (and probably are) from different manufacturers.

Let me know what you guys think.
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My dad and I just did a valve cover gasket on my SC2. It didn't seem like it would fit at first, but with a little scooching it did, so I really don't think you should be cutting anything..... Wish you the best of luck tho.
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One other thing I've noticed about the valve cover gasket kits. The ones with the blue insulators, I find, require 10 inch-lbs more than the ones with the black insulators. I don't know if anyone else has had this happen. My SW2 has a kit with the blue insulators, and my SL2 has the one with the black insulators. The SL2 requires the normal 89 inch pounds. With the Wagon, I had to tweak it with the blue insulators by 10 inch pounds more. At 89, it leaked near where the timing chain would be, and also in plug wells two and three.

So, I'm not sure if anyone else has had this problem, but there is definitely a difference between the two cars even though they both have the same composite covers. The only obvious difference is the insulators. The gaskets may be (and probably are) from different manufacturers.

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I totally agree with Squareback. That guy ruined your gasket. They're usually a little long. They expand and contract with heat and cold. The mistake most people make is slightly stretching it when installing it on the cover. By the time you're done, there's too much left over. You're actually supposed to do the opposite. You should scrunch it down as you press it into the groove. It will fit perfectly once completed.
Thanks sooooo much! I had this problem last time I changed it and I actually cut it and removed ~ 1/4"! It still performed ok but this time I did it right. I watched a youtube video and the guy had the same problem.

SOLUTION: Set the gasket on the valve cover but start at the 4 corners and you will see the size is a perfect fit. Felpro VS50454R Valve Cover Gasket Set $34 at Autozone.
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