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Old 03-10-2009, 10:09 AM   #1
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Torque spec for valve cover bolts?

How tight are the valve cover bolts supposed to be, I tightened mine up a little bit too tight in an effort to get it to stop leaking and cracked it. I have a new one now, would like a torque spec or something so I dont have that happen again

Also what are the tricks to seal up the valve cover gasket, I have had all kinds of problems getting it to seal. I put some rtv in the groove on the vc in the corners and in the crescent parts, is that enough? What is the right way to get this f@#&ing thing to seal?
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Old 03-10-2009, 10:40 AM   #2
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tight enough to hold it securely, without breaking it.......
I think like 14 Ft lbs

i just use RTV or something in the Valve cover and put the gasket over it, no problems and ive done this to more cars then i care to remember. maybe your Valve cover was leaking, and you made the problem more odvious with the overtorqueing?
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same. i just tighten it till it's reasonably tight. i also RTV the entire gasket, but thats mostly because i dont like fighting to keep the piece of shit from falling out.

you should use a new gasket every time you remove the valve cover, as well.
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same id put the gasket in dry if it would stay in there...

have you tried another gasket, maybe it was faulty?
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i have yet to replace my valve cover gasket and I have had it off 3 or 4 times... no leaks yet...

Knocks on wood.
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i have yet to replace my valve cover gasket and I have had it off 3 or 4 times... no leaks yet...

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same i have taken mine off probably more than that. I dont even rtv it either
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11 ft. lbs.

trying buying a new rubber seal, they are cheap. yours could be to old and flat.

its a bitch to try and get a new one to line up but you won't have any problems with sealing.
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ok, thanks. I will see of the gasket I have sitting around will work, if not I'll be buying a new one.
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