Thanks for your replies, jeepfan, mmpriince.
I keep cleaning the gasket area (mostlly the area on the side of the exhaust manifold), especially the area with most seepage- corner of the valve cover next to the distributor. But after driving the car it becomes moist-a little wet with oil.
Today I went back to the shop and asked what they can do, if they are willing to do anything to correct the problem. The guy who worked on the car, not the owner, saaid since I brought my on parts it may be the problem.I do not think so.I bought good parts. But the gasket is made by ABI (?), A US company. It is not FelPro. But it should not matter.
Anyway, I told him I am going to buy a quality gasket, FelPro or better Ishino and some good Permatex RTV sealant. He said they do not use RTV since it is a rubber gasket, they have not used it in installing the new gasket. Is that the norm? If not, is this the reason why there is oil seepage? My old gasked did not even need to be changed, it did not leak even a ml of oil after 16 years of service.I take pride in keeping my engine clean and in good operation condition. That is why I can not live with this leak.
I read that one kind of Permatex RTV sealant is oxygen sensor safe and creates a good sealing barrier against oil, ATF at very high temperatures up to 700 degrees F and it resists engine vibration.
Shoukld I do the gasket replacement myself or have it installed at the same shop by the same people? Is this a difficult procedure? I am not a mechanic, I only do simple maintenance like oil changes, spark plug replacements etc. And that started with my distrust in some quick oil change places.
What tools do I need for this job? What should I be careful about? I would be relieved if you could suggest a step by step instruction.
I have the Haynes and Chilton manuals and also the GM's shop manuals for the car. But what I need is more practical advice. I do not have a torque wrench, I do not know how to use one, if I need one, for example.
Thursday, October 8th, 2009 AT 4:36 PM