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    Default Help.. Small leak valve covers need help!!!

    I have a small leak out of one of the bolts on the valve covers.. This cant be normal!! What can i do to stop it i just replaced the valve cover gaskets yesterday to see if that fixed the problem but it hasnt... Any help will do thanks!!

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    got any pix? what gaskets did you use? i prefer the THICK cork ones myself... also how tight are you twistin the valve cover bolts? are they covers straight?

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    Check if any of the VC bolts are bottoming out in the head before they clamp down on the VC.

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    Remove the bolt, put thread sealer on it and re-install and don't use the lock washers.lol


    BTW i use studs and 1" tall coupler nuts and flat washers and old school rubber gaskets glued to the valve cover with 3m 08001 after i ground the chrome off with pos moroso type tin covers. Gaskets are 3+ years old...I've probably had the covers off at least 30 times and if it leaks it was because i didn't take 3 laps around the bolts to make sure they were all tightened properly.....with a nut driver
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    im using the felpro high performance molded rubber VC gaskets. Ive checked everything my next thing to try was the thread sealer and see how that works.

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    i torqued them to wat the torque specs say of 3 ft-lbs

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    I didnt have much luck with the felpro blue, metal lined gaskets. I have the thickest cork gaskets, and I make a few wraps of tephlon around the bolt threads, and its does locks the bolts and seals off the oil from seeping. I havent had oil leaks up top in a while.
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    Thanks for the imput alterego!! Wat brand cork gasket do u use if you dont mind me asking?

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    Quote Originally Posted by carreradude View Post
    Check if any of the VC bolts are bottoming out in the head before they clamp down on the VC.
    Good call!!! seen it many times especially with the fel pro blues! O.G.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RiverRat1989 View Post
    I have a small leak out of one of the bolts on the valve covers.. This cant be normal!! What can i do to stop it i just replaced the valve cover gaskets yesterday to see if that fixed the problem but it hasnt... Any help will do thanks!!
    GN7 asked about which valve covers, but also what engine.

    In your case, if they are just leaking around one bolt,, maybe a dab of silicone, after carefully cleaning the oil from the gasket and metal surface, assuming you check and the bolt is not bottoming out.

    For BBC I personally don't like the smooth rubber gaskets, but instead prefer the silicone type that have ribs. The GM grey ones are great, but expensive. ROL made one that looked very similar, almost identical to the GM, but there hasn't been a steady supply of the ROL gaskets for a couple of years, but now I have seen that Jegs and Summit both apparently have copies. Using that style gasket, with aluminum valve covers and proper length bolts, I have no issues with valve covers leaking, and they should be reusable for quite some time. The cost around $40, but it's worth it in my opinion to not have engine oil leaks.

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    I like Edelbrock thick gaskets, solved my leaks.

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