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After replacing valve cover gasket with dry fel-pro gasket,

After replacing valve cover gasket with fel-pro dry gasket(No RTV needed) I still have a leak in the same spot( Driver side corner) from cover. What to do?

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  • bernie2219 Apr 23, 2009

    Yes, new gasket is blue rubber coated.

  • its420_us May 11, 2010

    Is your new gasket blue rubber coated?

  • Anonymous Mar 15, 2014

    how to replace valve cover gaskets on 2004 escape 3.0l

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Your new gasket has tabs that make it easy to set in place; the tabs hold the position properly on the cylinder head. The gasket also has the rubber coating to establish a tight seal between the cylinder head and the the valve cover, even if there is slight damage or warping. Proper torque for the valve cover bolts is between 50-100 in-lbs., which is about 8 ft-lbs for a maximum.

If you have the gasket properly set, and proper torque on the valve cover bolts, you should not leak.

If you still experience a leak after double checking the gasket and the bolt torque, I would replace the valve cover itself. You will find several at most any salvage yard, and probablly will cost you $10.00 or less for a used valve cover.

I hope this helps you, and I wish you luck on your repair.

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Need to take cover off and lay it on a flat table and see if it is warped or twisted. And look at head ,it may be damaged ,if you are not the original owner who knows what is up with the head .

Posted on Apr 23, 2009

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    VWdan Apr 24, 2009

    dont waste time with a used valve cover, might be as bad as the one you have.


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In dealing with the main part, preparing and sealing the valve cover:

NOTE: some engines use jusr RTV as the gasket itself, others use a gasket and a coating of RTV. The amount of RTV is the difference and without a gasket, it is necessary to allow the thicker bead of RTV to set up longer before applying the two pieces together and installing the bolts.

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A Vacuum gauge will identify any exhaust problems/restrictions that would cause gaskets to leak, should you encounter leakage soon after repairs.

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