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Old 04-06-2018, 01:24 AM   #1
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Default 16v Valve Cover Gaskets, Leaky leaky

Iíve had a recent string of bad luck with Elwis valve cover gaskets on a b234 engine. The gasket material has been incredibly hard and cracks while going over the cam caps.
The latest was when one section of the gasket cracked and pushed out, causing the valve cover to crack. Usually I would attribute this to over torquing, but it was done with a nut driver... so thatís probably 3-5 ft-lbs.

So what advice, tricks, or brands of gaskets have you all had good luck with on a b234?
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Old 04-06-2018, 09:44 AM   #2
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The b234f stuff is probably just so old it cracks. It's probably been on the shelf for many years.

My trick is to just buy the valve cover gasket separately. I ended up getting lucky with a fresh one.

Another trick is to flex it by hand before install. I do it on 8v valve cover gaskets too. I work the bends with my fingers so it hopefully doesn't crack on install. Use RTV on the bends too.
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Old 04-06-2018, 10:44 AM   #3
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Pretty much exactly what ZVolv said. I usually don't get the whole kits, just a few individual gaskets. And the valve cover gasket by itself seems nicer. Also maybe warm it up? Def use sealer in those sharp corners.
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Old 04-06-2018, 01:22 PM   #4
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Soak the gasket in warm water if it's stiff or brittle.

I haven't used one, but Fel-Pro sells just the gasket by itself.

https://www.rockauto.com/en/parts/fe...r+gasket,10710
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I like the soak in water idea! ^^^
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Old 04-06-2018, 02:31 PM   #6
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Soak the gasket in warm water if it's stiff or brittle.

I haven't used one, but Fel-Pro sells just the gasket by itself.

https://www.rockauto.com/en/parts/fe...r+gasket,10710
I'll give the warm water soak a try. I have an electric kettle and a small drip pan, should work perfect.

I have a few fel-pro gaskets coming my way as well, they can't be any worse than the dried out Elwis ones.
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Old 04-06-2018, 02:44 PM   #7
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I'm hoarding a few Elring kits, but they're old stock so I don't imagine the gaskets are going to be real flexible when I go to use them.

Let us know how those Fel-Pro gaskets work out.
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I'm hoarding a few Elring kits, but they're old stock so I don't imagine the gaskets are going to be real flexible when I go to use them.

Let us know how those Fel-Pro gaskets work out.
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Old 04-07-2018, 08:25 PM   #9
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I just use white lithium grease on all the valve cover gaskets and bend gently by hand. No snake oil or sealants, no leaks, often can re-use them if I'm careful.
16V valve covers are very delicate and it's not all that uncommon to have to resurface the head and cam carrier to get those to seal up and let them set up a day or two.
They were always fairly temperamental even when they were young.
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Old 04-22-2018, 03:27 AM   #10
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Just circling back on this.
The Fel-pro gaskets were about as bad/dry as everything else, AND they don’t include the center/spark plug gasket on the kit...?

I soaked the gaskets in hot water to soften them, and it worked great!
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It's all junk aftermarket. OEM is very, very nice.

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Old 04-28-2018, 12:42 PM   #12
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After 3 new gaskets breaking I just used permatex form a gasket.But never did the water deal. Anyway no leaks.
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