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post #1 of 12 Old 08-19-2014, 02:54 PM Thread Starter
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About to do my second valve check at 35k miles. When I did the first, I did not replace the valve cover gaskets. They looked brand new. I put a small dab of black RTV on the half moons and called it good enough. Should I now replace them or are they good for multiple removal/installation cycles? I want minimal down time as my Glee is my daily commuter so I prefer not to inspect and then have to order new gaskets.

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As long as you don't tear it, it's still good. I bought a pair of new ones just in case and never needed them.

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Thanx GW. I'm leaning that way but wanted some reassurance from the collective knowledge of my fellow Stromers.

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No leaks on my 2006, been off an on I think 3 or 4 times now. I also add the black RTV around the cam areas where it drops down. Probably wise to have a spare set on hand just in case of a tear, but you can always use gasket maker goo to get by. I'm too cheap to buy a spare set myself.
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Like you when I reinstalled the valve cover after my first valve adjustment I used RTV on the half moons. On my second adjustment I didn't separate the seal from the cover at the half moon, just let the RTV hold it together and used the seal again. 9k miles and no leaks. Those seals are pretty hearty if you don'r abuse them.

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If you don't mind me asking. I will be doing the first valve check at the upcoming oil change.

What is RTV?
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What is RTV?
A high temperature silicone sealer. Check your auto parts store.

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A high temperature silicone sealer. Check your auto parts store.
and you put this right on top of the gasket before dropping the cylinder head on top? Like a sandwich?
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and you put this right on top of the gasket before dropping the cylinder head on top? Like a sandwich?
No. The only place to use it is on the bottom of the gasket on one side where there are two dips in a half circle. Use it on the curved parts only. The straight parts of the gasket do not need sealant.


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RTV = room temperature vulcanizing silicone rubber.

Try to avoid getting any excess on the inside where its curds can go to the sump and plug the oil pickup screen.

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