Leaks are a bad omen, especially if it's coming from your engine's valve cover. Whether it's a simple seep or a full-blown leak, you have to address the problem before it gets worse. The leak is probably caused by a worn-out valve cover gasket. Try to imagine being inside a volcano and seeing magma boiling at the bottom.That's what the valve train looks like while the engine is running. Hot oil is splashed all over the place, to lubricate valve train parts. The hot oil isn't the cause of the problem, though. The leak is caused by blow-by gases escaping the combustion chambers through the piston rings.Pressure builds up inside the valve cover and escapes through the worn-out valve cover gasket, instead of circulating back into the intake manifold. Before your car's engine loses too much oil and suffers permanent damage, get a replacement for the leaky gasket as soon as possible.Lucky for you, gaskets are readily available here at Carparts.
• Offers higher resistance to heat and pressure
• Directly fits most stock valve covers
• Keeps valuable engine oil within the valve train
Valve Cover Gasket Set
Leaks can really test your patience. That's especially true when the culprits are hard to find. Often, though, it is the valve cover gasket set that you need to check when something in the engine seems to be leaking. Made from rubber, cork or silicone, a valve cover gasket reinforces the valve cover's sealing function. The valve cover gasket helps keep dirt, and dust away from the engine's valves. This gasket normally loses its capacity to prevent leaks when too much oil builds up within the valve cover. When this happens, an immediate valve cover gasket set must replace the damaged stock. This way, you can prevent further damage in the engine system. Now that you are already at Carparts, getting a replacement valve cover gasket set is a breeze. And because our products are cheaper compared to those offered in other stores, you can definitely enjoy big savings from us.
• Features tough construction for durability
• Installs in a matter of minutes
• Designed to fit most stock valve covers
Tips for Buyers: Guide to the Right Valve Cover Gasket for Your Car
With all the moving parts and flowing fluids inside your car, it's no wonder why there are leaks or seepage under its hood. In order to protect all the other parts of your engine, as well as to decrease fluid wastage, gaskets are there to help. One of these gaskets is the valve cover gasket, which is found between the engine cylinder head and the valve cover. With the different kinds of valve cover gaskets available, which one is best for your car? To help you choose the right valve cover gasket, here's an overview of the different materials used for gaskets:Silicon rubber valve cover gasket
Silicon rubber gaskets are the most common type of valve cover gaskets on cars today. If your car has been originally fitted with this type of gasket, it's best to stick to the same material once it needs replacing. Valve cover gaskets that are made of silicon are generally reusable and easier to fit. Although the material tends to shrink with age, it's highly durable and less prone to breakage. Silicon rubber gaskets are also perfect for many classic cars. It is easy to remove and replace for adjustment, which allows it to fit most outdated valve covers.Cork valve cover gaskets
If you're looking for a valve cover gasket with a stronger seal, one that is made of cork would be your best bet. Unlike other materials that merely stop the oil from leaking out, this kind of material can soak up most of it. However, you have to be very careful when handling cork-type valve cover gaskets. They can easily disintegrate when retightening the bolts and if the job is not handled with care it may mean re-doing the installation. Another disadvantage of using cork valve cover gaskets is that they can be difficult to reuse once they are removed. They can dry out and crack out.Other types of valve cover gasket
Aside from the two major types of valve cover gasket, there are also gaskets made from other materials. One of these materials is laminated cork. Laminated cork is a reinforced version of the cork-type gasket. It makes use of a metal gasket with cork on both sides, which offers a far stronger and more durable gasket. On the other hand, a revamped silicone gasket is also offered in the form of a rubber-coated fiber valve cover gasket. The addition of fiber to the rubber gasket enables it to absorb oil, just like the cork-type gasket, but with the flexibility of silicon rubber. Lastly, the most modern type is the composite gasket. Out of all the types of valve cover gaskets (based on material used), composite gaskets are probably the most durable. They also have the best resistance to heat, which makes them the most expensive as well.
Installing a New Valve Cover Gasket
While airbags and seatbelts are added to your car to ensure your safety, it is also fitted with safety measures that protect it from all its moving parts. These parts are called gaskets. One of the most important gaskets is the valve cover gasket. It protects your engine from oil and water leaks and other fragments. So the next time you find a leak in your engine manifold, here's a step-by-step guide to replacing your valve cover gasket:Difficulty level: EasyThings you'll need:
- Socket wrench
- Putty knife
- Screw driver
- Gasket sealer
- New valve cover gasket
- Dry paper towel
Step 1: Once you've lifted your hood, locate your valve cover. Your valve cover is relatively easy to find. It is the part that covers your engine block.
Step 2: Before removing your valve cover, make sure you've unplugged any, and all, of the wires connected to your engine and valves. Unscrew all of the bolts that hold the cover in place. After you've removed all bolts and wires from your engine block, your valve cover should lift right up. In case you can't take it out, pry the lid off by wedging a screwdriver along one of its sides. Work your way carefully around the base and lift it.
Step 3: Now that you've removed your valve cover, you'll see a rubber or cork lining in the edges of your engine block. If you still spot some remaining gasket sealers around your valve cover gasket, scrape it off using a putty knife. Remove your valve cover gasket, making sure no material falls into your valve.
Step 4: Re-apply the gasket sealer around your engine block. It should be about 1/8-inch thick to cover the entire surface. Wipe off any excess sealer and let it set for a few minutes. Wait until it gets slightly tacky before you fit your new gasket. Apply another layer of sealer on top of your newly installed gasket.
Step 5: Reinstall your valve cover once the second layer of sealer has set. Make sure that you've cleaned the insides of your cover before reinstalling it on your engine block. Bolt the nuts and reconnect the wires to secure your cover perfectly.
Step 6: Run your car for a few minutes to test your new valve cover gasket.