998 CHEVY CAMARO

  • Tiny
  • sean03
  • 1998 Chevrolet Camaro
  • 140,000 miles

Hi I finally found out what the oil smell was in my moms 1998 Chevy Camoro. The valve cover in the back is wet and you can see oil on it. I am going to try to tighten the cover a little bit. The seals have never been changed before. They are original. Do they make a liquid stop leak for the covers. I know bars makes head gaskets liquid that seals them. If they dont I will replace both covers. Autozone has both covers for 19.99 and that includes a right and left valve cover. Also how long does it take to change them. This will be my first ever valve cover change ever. Also how hard is it. Thanks.

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Sunday, August 19th, 2012 AT 12:57 AM

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  • Tiny
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No liquid sealer. They never work anyway.

Takes about 2 hours in a shop. Double the time at home.

Skill level is low. Take your time and move everything out of the way.

Roy

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Sunday, August 19th, 2012 AT 1:04 AM
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Ok thanks. I also have hi temp gasket sealent it is a spray can. I used it on my water pump it did great can I use it on the valve cover gaskets to. Thanks.

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Sunday, August 19th, 2012 AT 2:10 AM
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I advise against it.

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Sunday, August 19th, 2012 AT 2:12 AM
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Ok. So I should use the blue rtv sealent from napa. They are the closes to me.

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Sunday, August 19th, 2012 AT 2:46 AM
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No, use good quality gaskets and thats it. No rtv or sealants

Roy

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Sunday, August 19th, 2012 AT 2:47 AM
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Ok so just install the gaskets and don't put any sealents on them and then just tighten them down. Is this correct. Thanks for your help I am sorry for so many questions. I just want to make sure I don't mess anything up. This is my first time.

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Sunday, August 19th, 2012 AT 2:57 AM
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Thats correct

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Sunday, August 19th, 2012 AT 3:00 AM
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Ok Thanks much.

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Sunday, August 19th, 2012 AT 3:03 AM
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Also be sure that all traces of old gasket are removed, make plenty of notes as you work so you remember wher small bits go, nothing worse than having a bolt left over! And as Roy says take your time, do it once do it right!

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Sunday, August 19th, 2012 AT 3:15 AM
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Ok yeah I usually work slow anyways. I do it slow so I don't have to re do it. Thanks for the advice.

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Sunday, August 19th, 2012 AT 4:52 AM

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