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Valve Cover Help

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by ARAMP1, Dec 10, 2006.

  1. ARAMP1

    ARAMP1 Aviator Extraordinaire

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    My old stock stamped valve covers on my 454 were leaking a bit and instead of just replacing the gasket, I decided to buy a set of O ring type valve covers.

    I bought them on e-bay for around $20 which is what used sets seemed to be going for. Anyway, they came with the used gasket (which looked to be in good shape), so I decided to put them on and they leaked like a sieve. Okay, I decided to buy new gaskets. That helped, but they were still leaking. Next step was to use some RTV. I used a thin coat and again it helped, but the problem was still not fixed. Alright, if a little is good, more is better. I decided to cake on the RTV and they’re still leaking.

    The valve covers are not cracked or warped at all and they heads look normal. Any ideas what I could be doing wrong? :confused:
     
  2. 1977k5

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    How well did you prep the head surface and valve cover surface? Probably your problem.
     
  3. ARAMP1

    ARAMP1 Aviator Extraordinaire

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    I definitely cleaned all of the old gasket material off. Other than that, there isn't much prep.
     
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    Scrub the mounting surface down with carb cleaner, to get rid of oil residue, then try again.
     
  5. 1977k5

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    If you don't use a solvent that doesn't leave a residue (brake cleaner, carb cleaner, laquer thinner, etc.) you will have trouble with RTV.
     
  6. ARAMP1

    ARAMP1 Aviator Extraordinaire

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    Sorry, should have specified. I did use brake cleaner. The mating surfaces are clean enough to eat off of yet it still leaks. Are there some heads/covers that weren't compatable?

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  7. Dr. Morgenstern

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    What year are the heads? Newer cast aluminum gm covers don't work on the Mark IV heads unless they've had some milling done to the gasket mating surface.
     
  8. blazinzuk

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    Have the bolts been tightned down really tight a couple of times. That can ruin the valve covers. It honostly sounds like you may have some warpage in your valve covers. Sometimes its really hard to see.
     
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    ARAMP1 Aviator Extraordinaire

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    If this is true, it would explain it. The truck is a 1990 with the origional heads and the covers are from a 94-95 (I think). Can you explain the milling?
     
  10. BadBob

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    I've had no issues at all with the GMPP covers on my 85.
     

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