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Old 07-30-2011, 07:02 AM   #1
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Correct way?

What is the correct way to reinstall the valve cover? Got done retorquing the viggen head bolts, @ 60lbs and an extra 90 degree turn on each bolt, took it for a test drive and Iv got oil all over the back of the motor. I layed the gasket on the top of the head and then put the valve cover over, on the center valve cover i stuck it in the valve cover before i put it on and it does not leak. But it does not seem possible to lay the spare outer gasket in the valve cover an then put it on..

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Remove valve cover.

Clean all surfaces head and valve cover of any foriegn debris, rtv, extra rubber ect.

Use a touch of anerobic gasket stuff in a few spots to kind of glue the gasket down. Not alot just a bit.

Lay out gasket on valve cover. I then like to place a book on it for a couple x files episodes or so.

Then attempt putting the valve cover on. Try not to let the gasket drop out.

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What tweek said. If you lay it out on the head first you're very likely to have pinched off a section or two of the gasket and created a leak.
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What tweek said. If you lay it out on the head first you're very likely to have pinched off a section or two of the gasket and created a leak.
Yep... just went through this myself. First trick is to buy the original Elring gaskets, not the Scantech. Then you need to stick them on to the valve cover. I used Permatex #2. Put some small, thin slabs about every 3" around the valve cover after cleaning. Let it dry for an hour or more. Then carefully stick the gasket to it and install. Make sure nothing slips out. The gap between the head and the cover should look very even before you tighten anything.
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Make sure when you tighten it down that you do it evenly (eg: like a head) or you may crack the cover
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Old 08-04-2011, 07:56 PM   #7
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I always had leaks until I followed Saab's torque sequence in this technical service bulletin. I was surprised how little the bolts actually get torqued.

http://www.TownsendImports.Com/Saab_..._1704_utg2.PDF
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