[Vwdiesel] valve cover gasket sealing issues...

Anthony Kimmell amkimmell at softhome.net
Sun Nov 10 15:03:33 EST 2002

Do they make cast alluminum valve covers for these engines?  I always
replace the crappy stamped steel covers on my Chevy engines with cast
alluminum ones because they don't bend or warp.  They also look a lot
better, too.

I also use ONLY the blue rubber Fel-Pro gaskets.  Anything else is a waste
of time, in my experience.

Tony Kimmell
Bloomington, IL

----- Original Message -----
From: "Gary, Orlando" <gbangs at cfl.rr.com>
To: "Gary Shea" <shea at gtsdesign.com>
Cc: <vwdiesel at vwfans.com>
Sent: Saturday, November 09, 2002 10:23 PM
Subject: Re: [Vwdiesel] valve cover gasket sealing issues...

> Gary,
> I have never used gasket sealer on a valve cover gasket. Cork or rubber.
> It has always been my experience that if it doesn't seal as-is, then
> there are other problems with the sealing surfaces. Either the
> gasket(cork especially) is not installed properly, or most notably is
> the stamped-steel valve cover is prone to warping and not clamping flat.
> Lay the cover on a known flat surface and see if the cover is square all
> around. You should be able to twist it by hand to re-straighten it.
> The cork gaskets require stepped studs for proper installation. It is
> imperative that the gasket holes fit properly on the studs. The rubber
> gaskets have straight studs.
> Also, do you have the two rails that install on either side of the valve
> cover? These help to evenly distribute the clamping force.
> Just my $0.02,
> -Gary, Orlando
> On Sat, 2002-11-09 at 18:38, Gary Shea wrote:
> > Hey, just wondering if anyone else has valve cover gasket sealing
> > issues.  This one leaks like crazy with a brand new gasket.  I'm
> > planning on cleaning it up and applying permatex aviation form-a-gasket,
> > the world's nastiest and most effective (to my knowledge ;) leak
> > stopper.
> >
> > I used the same stuff on the oil pan and it's still leaking around a
> > couple screws, grrrr... did a careful job of applying the sealer, but
> > only to the gasket, not the metal directly.  Sigh...
> >
> > The two screws nearest the tranny on the oil pan are hellish to get in!
> > Picked up a 1/4" drive extension and 1/4" drive 10mm flex socket to try
> > to get 'em in.
> >
> >         Gary
> >
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