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Previous owner replaced the valve cover gasket on my 91 escort GT twice and it still leaks. About 2 quarts every oil change.
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I want something that won't leak- money is no object. I was told that felpro was a good name.
Also where do I buy it?
Do I need gasket sealant?
Any extra bolts, etc?
Anything else I should check or replace while I have the valve cover off?
 

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Felpro is good, it's rubber and I replaced mine about 3 weeks ago without any kind of sealer and no leaks yet. I got it at Advance auto parts for about 18-20 dollars I think. Just don't over tighten it. Other than just getting old and brittle, most cover gaskets leak from being over- tight.
43-78 inch-pounds on the 1.8 cover. Hope this helps. I think I read in here somewhere Napa has a cork and metal one also.
 

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I replaced mine with a felpro a couple of days ago. fits like a glove, and doesn't leak a drop. You should be able to get it at any good local auto parts store, just give them a call.

It also specifically says on the package not to use any adhesive or sealer with it. You just drop it into the groove, and put your valve cover back on.
 

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I'd love to find a rubber valve cover gasket but have never ben able to find one. Cork and rubber combo is usually the best you can get. I am not sure if you have to use gasket sealer if you use a 100% rubber gasket.

However, having said all of this, I once cured a valve cover leak problem but using a rubber/cork gasket and putting generous amounts of gasket sealer (Permatex, the non-hardening variety) on both sides of the gasket, effectively gluing the thing on. It worked great. And the person got rid of the car before they had to remove the cover for other reasons. The only problem with my gluing it on method occurs if you ever have to remove it.
 

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lol 473... what a steal!

um. seriously...

does anybody know for sure if I need gasket sealant with the felpro or not? If I do need sealant, what is a good sealant to use, and how do I apply it.
 

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just whip out the silicone :lol: I doubt you are going to find anything that is going to decently beef up the gasket over stock without a price tag like that... Why not go with stock? Than again... what is stock? Markup on original parts is outrageous.
 

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siragan said:
does anybody know for sure if I need gasket sealant with the felpro or not? If I do need sealant, what is a good sealant to use, and how do I apply it.
Yes, you need gasket sealant!!!

Use the non hardening version of Permatext. Don't ever use the hardening version of any gasket sealer, eventually it will crack. I don't know why they even make it.



The above pic may or may not be the right kind of sealant, but the package will look like that. Just make sure it says non-hardening.
 

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Maybe this one, but I don't remember seeing it in the store:



PERMATEX® ULTRA BLACK® Gasket Maker

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For dealership warranty requirements, insures extended drivetrain warranties compliance. Fast-curing formula. Sensor-safe, low odor, non-corrosive. Meets performance specs of OE silicone gaskets. Retains high flexibility, oil resistance properties through use of a patented adhesion system. Temperature range -75°F to 625°F intermittent; resists auto and shop fluids and vibration. Also available in AUTOMATIC TUBE® dispenser.

Suggested Applications:
Valve covers, oil pans, intake manifold end seals, timing covers, transmission pans

I'm not sure if it really matters all that much for a valve cover because the temp requirements, etc several Permatext products meet. I think it really boils down to if you want to use blue or black sealant.
 

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Do yourself a favor and get a tube of permatex Silicone BLUE gasket maker. For about $10 you get a tube that will fit in a caulking gun. It'll make you plenty of gasgets. Clean and prep everything like you would for a reqular gasket, but instead bust out the cauking gun and lay about 1/4" bead of the silicone BLUE. Go right over the threads too. Can be messy for the unexperieneced, but does and EXCELLENT job of sealing stubborn surfaces.

Hope that helps :D

Matt 8)
 
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