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Help with ceter bolt valve cover leaking

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by PROFESSORSK5, Oct 4, 2003.

  1. PROFESSORSK5

    PROFESSORSK5 Registered Member

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    I baught a set of tall aluminum valve covers for my 89 K5. When I tried to install them I had trouble making the rubber gaskets stay on. I finally super glued the gasket to the valve cover and installed it. Now it leaks even after I re-tightned the bolts. Any sugestions. /forums/images/graemlins/k5.gif
     
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    this maybe a stupid question but were they valve covers or chrome cover to go over your stock valve covers. the Valve covers should have a groove to hold the gasket in and should have dividers in it. Just a question....Jason
     
  3. PROFESSORSK5

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    No they are aluminum and there is a grove but the gasket is to small to just lay flat, so I had to stretch them into the grove. They are so tight that they keep coming off. I have bought two different sets of rubber and a cork (Mr. Gasket) set, The cork set was to long and I mean way to long. /forums/images/graemlins/k5.gif
     
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    Well if they were stock valve covers and you knew they were built correctly, I'd tell you to order some of the later gaskets from GM.

    Got a set on my motor, and they are neoprene. Yes they need to be stretched, but they stay in place pretty well, and should last just about forever.
     
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    There is also a good chance you are over tightening them, long story short.....

    When I redid all of my gaskets, tranny, axels,valve covers, tightened those s.o.b.'s to the max, I later learned that the pressure is no longer even along the whole gasket causing it to leak, hindsight is always 20-20 /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif
     
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    Was that with centerbolts? Factory centerbolts don't allow overtightening (don't get crazy and go with 50ft-lbs anyway), as the center supports bottom out.
     
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    hmm,I beleave it was twards the back, I never knew you cant over tighten those though, cool /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
  8. PROFESSORSK5

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    I ended up taking the Aluminum valve covers off yesterday. I can't tell if the bolts are to long or the holes in valve cover are (they are like tubes) are to long, but suspect it is the bolts. I could kinda tell when I tightend them up it felt like they were bottoming out. I will talk to the company I bought them from on Wednesday and let them know. /forums/images/graemlins/k5.gif
     

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