Do It Yourself Valve Cover Gasket Repair

Often times people will not give their valve cover any thought because it is one of those things that people with little knowledge of cars think about. The fact is that the valve cover is responsible for a lot of the engine and the way that it performs. With that in mind, it is also the most misdiagnosed issue in the entire engine system. Many times a simple replacement of the gasket will do wonders for performance and mileage but the thought never crosses the mind.

The valve cover is responsible for the vacuum pressure in the car as well as keeping the valves and cam shaft clean and oil properly. You will notice that on many cars that are older that the oil will be leaking from this area. This is very common as the gasket will spring small leaks and create pressure inside of itself. Once this happens there is a down turn in the power that the car is able to produce.

Thankfully there is no reason why someone with a bit of knowledge and the do it yourself spirit cannot take care of this issue without any kind of trouble. The best part about the valve cover gasket and its replacement is the fact that it resides right on top of the motor and in easy reach. This is in stark contrast to what can happen with other parts on the car and it will be the easiest thing that you will ever do when it comes to the home car repair.

Go to the auto parts store and get yourself a new valve cover gasket and some high temperature gasket sealant. Make sure that you buy the higher priced gasket and not the cork variety. The cork type will be ruined in a matter of months and you want this to last as long as possible. The other type of gaskets will most likely last for the life time of the car or until you happen to get rid of it. The sealant that you purchase should be of quality and be able to withstand as high a temperature as possible.

Once you have everything home you will need to remove all of the bolts from the valve cover. There could be five or ten depending on the car and the model year. They are short and should come out very easy.

Once you have them all out and in a safe place remove the valve cover (you may have to pry to break the seal) and then take plenty of time to clean off the old gasket from both locations.

Apply a liberal amount of gasket sealant and then seat the gasket into place. Let the sealant dry for about ten minutes before putting the cover back into place. Do a crossover pattern when tightening the bolts to ensure that the pressure is distributed evenly across the cover.

Then you are done. You can start the car and let it idle for about ten minutes to get some heat to the new gasket and get a very good seat. Now you should have improved performance and mileage.

WARNING: Make sure that you wear the proper safety equipment, such as goggles and gloves, when working on your car to prevent illness or injuries.  Also make sure to read and follow all directions when working with fluids or parts that you have purchased to prevent injuries or illnesses.