Valve cover gasket replacement

Bernie Benz b.benz at
Fri Feb 27 19:02:12 EST 2004

Doesn't everyone reuse the old gaskets, Alan?  Or, more often I throw them
away and just use Si caulk.


> From: "Alan Cordeiro" <alancordeiro at>
> Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2004 18:00:04 -0500
> To: "Tom Ellis" <tom at>, <200q20v at>
> Subject: Re: Valve cover gasket replacement
> Its not that easy, there is a part of the throttle body that has
> to come off to get at one of the bolts at the far rear.
> the whole intake plumbing comes off before that.
> The timing belt cover is the easiest one in the group....
> (The best time to do it would be when you are doing
> the timing belt group and replacing the head gasket.
> I did not have the foresight to buy the gasket ahead of time,
> so I had to reuse the old one)
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Tom Ellis" <tom at>
> To: <200q20v at>
> Sent: Friday, February 27, 2004 5:38 PM
> Subject: Valve cover gasket replacement
>> I've discovered that I have a bad valve cover gasket (oil in two of the
> plug
>> holes) and before diving in wanted to ask if there are any tricks to this,
>> or anything that could get ugly if I'm not ready.  There is nothing in
>> Bentley to help me with this, or if there is I haven't found it.
>> It appears fairly straightforward, but it's hard to tell if I'm going to
>> have to completely remove the timing cover to get the valve cover free.
> Any
>> words of wisdom and/or warning would be appreciated!
>> Tom Ellis
>> 91 200 20v  (soon to be chipped!)
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