A while back I had to replace a leaking valve cover gasket on a 98 sl2. Today the gasket blew around one of the spark plugs.
When I installed the new gasket, I had cleaned all surfaces with mineral spirits and a toothbrush. I think the reason it failed was I didn't put the rtv sealant on in the right places or right way.
The instructions I've found on how to do it have been conflicting. I put a bead of rtv sealant in all grooves on valve chamber, then laid the rubber gasket on top of that, then placed the cover back on and used a torque wrench to tighten the bolts to spec.
What may have gone wrong was:
1.) You're actually only supposed to put rtv sealant around two of the corners and not in all the grooves?
2.) The sealant needs to sit for 12 hours before starting the car. I had to use the car and wasn't able to do that.
Does someone have access to a saturn manual and can let me know what the official story is on where the rtv sealant goes and does not go? In particular, is it not supposed to go around the spark plug holes?
have the same problem?
Sunday, July 31st, 2011 AT 12:04 AM