Picking a Valve Cover Nut to Go in Your Engine Bay
The engine of your vehicle is one huge ensemble of different car parts when you first encounter it. To the uninitiated, it will definitely look like a big puzzle when you try to pinpoint which part is which. But as a consolation, you can find refuge when you see the head with the valve cover on top of it. This piece is somehow aesthetically pleasant when it greets you after a good engine detailing session. And you got the valve cover nut to hold it in place. Here's how to buy this small piece for your vehicle.
Counting how many of the old nuts need replacement
Different vehicles have different number of required valve cover nuts to hold the panel to the cylinder head. The very first thing you need to do is take a look at the present condition of all the pieces and see which of them needs a much-deserved replacement. Unbolt them from the engine block. Clean them one by one and look at how they have weathered down after all this time. From this point, you can have an idea of how many of these small parts need to be retired to make way for the new ones. But you can look at it at another way. Since you will be getting new nuts, you can also opt to get a set so that every single nut will match with each other.
Finding one that is compatible with your vehicle
The valve cover nuts found in your engine might not be the same with those found with other vehicles. There could be differences in the thread, size and other small details. If you get the wrong part, it might not properly fit on your engine. Or worse, if it somehow fits, it might cause unwanted shaking and vibrations. So you ought to be careful in choosing one even if it is a very small piece in the entire engine assembly. To make sure that it is compatible, you should narrow down your search using the following details about your vehicle: year, make, model and trim. This should work fine if you have kept your vehicle stock until now. On the contrary, if it has already undergone engine modifications or a transplant, then it would be necessary that you know the engine a lot better to be able to get the correct nuts for it.
Dealing with color and other aesthetic concerns
The nut can be used to add a little aesthetic touch in your engine bay. If you have a little artistic tendency, it might be possible that you have colored your engine block and valve cover. What better way to complement these colors other than playing with the appearance of the nuts. You can go for chromed or those that are colored.
Factoring in the price tag before the purchase
Lastly, you might want to look into the price tag of the valve cover nuts. Each piece should be relatively inexpensive but you might still notice a little variation in terms of prices. Weigh this out and consider items or services included in the entire package.