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PostPosted: Mon Jul 15, 2019 2:32 pm 
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So, it seems to be about time to take a look at the front valve cover gasket (as a couple of times over the last few days, after driving home, I smelled a candle-like smell, and saw smoke/steam coming from a spot on the exhaust manifold). Does anyone know a good place to get a replacement gasket that doesn't seem too cheap?

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 15, 2019 2:38 pm 
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you may want to shop around your area and compare price/quality: Felpro is a reputable brand.

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I used Felpro on mine.
No problems.
Also replace the grommets while you are at it.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 16, 2019 11:11 pm 
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I used Felpro as well, as said above, make sure you get the grommets too.

Front cover is a 15 minute replacement.

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Thanks guys, I appreciate it.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 17, 2019 10:00 pm 
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May want to do both while you're at it. If the front one is leaking, the rear probably is too. The front gasket is easy and will take less than a half hour. The rear gasket is another story. Took me about and hour.
Felpro is good. When I did the back one I had to use a few dabs if RTV to hold the gasket in place while I put the cover on, otherwise it falls off the cover.
Not sure why the NA and SC engines use different gaskets.


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