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Old 05-04-2012, 07:26 PM   #1
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Doing Valve Cover Gasket

Hey guys,

Gonna start pricing out everything I need to do the Valve Cover Gasket. This is gonna be the biggest mechanical job I have ever done on my own. I was thinking of getting a gasket from Rockauto.com. Anything else I need? Any other job I should do, while I am doing that?

Advice, tips, suggestions are all appreciated.

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Old 05-04-2012, 08:00 PM   #2
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CDM Fabrication <------- Click it.

The guy who wrote this is a big help and knows what he is talking about.

Go to the tech write ups section scroll down to "Replacing A Valve Cover Gasket" It will walk you through the whole process.

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Old 05-04-2012, 08:04 PM   #3
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I can't see ordering a gasket from rockauto being cheaper than getting one locally with shipping factored in. I know advance auto matches rockauto prices now too.
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Old 05-04-2012, 09:12 PM   #4
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CDM Fabrication <------- Click it.

The guy who wrote this is a big help and knows what he is talking about.

Go to the tech write ups section scroll down to "Replacing A Valve Cover Gasket" It will walk you through the whole process.
Wow, thank you sooo much!! Bookmarked!

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I can't see ordering a gasket from rockauto being cheaper than getting one locally with shipping factored in. I know advance auto matches rockauto prices now too.
To be honest, I didn't even think to check local stores...that's how much of a noob I am. I just learned about rockauto awhile back, so I always just check prices there to get an idea of what I am facing price wise. I live in a small town and we have an O'rileys (our only big chain name) and our Napa changed over to some other name and a few other smaller local shops. I will check.
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Old 05-05-2012, 02:48 AM   #5
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Also, why when looking on rockauto and even on O'rileys websites, there is the valve cover gaskets as cheap as like $3-6 but as expensive as $50? What is all that about? I was hoping to just get one that was a few bucks, not really wanting to spend $50 on a gasket.

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Old 05-05-2012, 10:29 AM   #6
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Grab a mid line fel-pro, you'll be fine. Should be between $6-10. Its all in the prep work, so make sure you do everything to clean the surfaces and use the sealer as directed.
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Old 05-05-2012, 09:20 PM   #7
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If you have the 4.2 with a plastic valve cover, go ahead and invest in an aluminum one. The plastic could be the source of your leaks. Took me two gaskets to figure that out.
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Great tip on the CDM fab. I am glad I read as many threads as I can.
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Old 05-06-2012, 04:40 PM   #9
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If you have the 4.2 with a plastic valve cover, go ahead and invest in an aluminum one. The plastic could be the source of your leaks. Took me two gaskets to figure that out.

Thankfully I have the aluminum one!

Can anyone answer me why the gaskets are as cheap as $3 or as expensive as $50? Whats the difference? Why would you want a $50 gasket? Just curious....learning!!
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Cork vs rubber. I just finished install of a felpro reusable rubber gasket. 30something bucks. Very happy.
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dont go cheap on the gasket, spend the money and do it once
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Great tip on the CDM fab. I am glad I read as many threads as I can.
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Wow, thank you sooo much!! Bookmarked!
No problem. This guy is a genius! He know's like everything there is to know about YJ's and most Jeeps in general. Check out the FAQ on CDM Fabrication. Its answered many of my questions and I didn't even have to ask anyone. Plus its a good read.
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I just replaced mine on my 4.2. I got it at oriellys they had a couple options they gave me the wrong one the first time took cove in and got the right one fixed all the leaks I had. It was 6 bucks and some silicone gasket maker the blue stuff worked great for me hardest part cleaning the old gasket off. Good luck any questions just pm me.
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I just replaced mine on my 4.2. I got it at oriellys they had a couple options they gave me the wrong one the first time took cove in and got the right one fixed all the leaks I had. It was 6 bucks and some silicone gasket maker the blue stuff worked great for me hardest part cleaning the old gasket off. Good luck any questions just pm me.

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This is why I love this site. Was planning on doing mine as well and I don't even need to start a thread! Thanks.

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