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Valve Cover Gasket

Discussion in '4 Cylinder' started by george3, May 9, 2020.

  1. May 9, 2020 at 9:53 AM
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  3. May 9, 2020 at 11:40 AM
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    Thanks - One Old Guy to Another - I'll check it out -
     
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  4. May 9, 2020 at 11:51 AM
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    4 cylinder? Fel-pro is good. Make sure to buy new bolt grommets for the hold down bolts.

    Look for a write up on the forum of someone who's done the 4 cyl, in case there is a 'catch' like on the 6's. *the moons.
     
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  5. May 9, 2020 at 11:53 AM
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    Check the bolts on the valve cover, they tend to loosen up over time. You might get away with just snugging them up a bit (but not too much)
     
  6. May 9, 2020 at 12:30 PM
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    "new bolt grommets" I'll do a search - thanks 4 the heads up. If you have a link handy please post it. Where did U buy yours ?
     
  7. May 9, 2020 at 12:32 PM
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    That would be a EZ fix. Thanks. Have to get my hands on a inch pound torque wrench. Read some guys broke the bolts off.
     
  8. May 9, 2020 at 12:52 PM
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  9. May 9, 2020 at 5:13 PM
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    Get some brake cleaner too. Where the timing chain/front engine cover mates to the head there should be some RTV there. Clean the old stuff, and put a small dab of RTV on there before putting the valve cover on. Make sure you clean this area particularly well and that you clean it with brake cleaner so theres no oil on there. I would also wipe the valve cover gasket where it's going to sit on this area with some brake cleaner too. That tube of RTV is a lot more than you'll need. I would get a smaller tube. RTV doesn't age well once it's been opened, it's just going to dry out unfortunately.
     
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    Thanks - it's all in the details - appreciate the info. I'll search for a smaller tube of RTV - the black was recommended on another post and when I searched Permatex web site that's what came up. You have the 2.7 - correct ?

    How about this size - would this be enough ? We are doing 2 Tacoma's . Thanks.

    https://www.amazon.com/Permatex-220...rt+#+22072&qid=1589121047&s=automotive&sr=1-1
     
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    the black is fine. It’s the one I’ve always used and it works really well. That small tube will be enough to do at least 10 Tacoma’s. No joke. You’re going to need such a small amount.
     
  13. May 10, 2020 at 10:25 AM
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    Thanks 4 the reply - taking time on Mother's Day and saving me a few bucks - might B enough 2 buy U a beer if U live in North Jersey.
     
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    Glad to help! I'm in MD unfortunately.
     
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    I guess no grommets. Strange.

    Remember, only RTV in corners, not all along rubber surface. Let rubber be rubber and seal.
     
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    Thanks for the advise "only RTV in corners, not all along rubber surface"
     
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    Ive been to Union Craft - thinking of going to B C B in Hunt Valley - any good ?
     
  18. May 10, 2020 at 5:07 PM
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    corners as in going over the cam. It's why you only need a big dab.

    You could look at the sticky above for the 6 cyl. it's pretty similar.

    Have you done this on other vehicles? It's not a complicated job. Just the amount of sealer can be tricky. I thought sealer was used like caulk when I was young. Gaskets were cork though and we always wanted to cheat.
     
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    I have a 2.7 I ass-u-me that's what we are talking about - 2.7. Thanks.
     
  20. May 11, 2020 at 3:27 AM
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    I used this on my 2.7. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000CAXQJ0/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    Yours may be different than mine. I have a 2003. I took my time. The toughest thing was getting the old spark plug rings out of the valve cover and the rear passenger bolt. I only used a dab of sealer at the half moons. I replaced my gasket at 215,000 miles. The gasket was like hard plastic. The valve train looked like brand new after 10,000 oci on Mobil 1. Good luck and take your time.
     

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