Try to find a rubber gasket with metal "sleeves" where the bolts go through. They prevent over tightening and work very well. I thought that Fel-Pro made them, but my local auto parts store only had cork.
Quadratec has these valve cover gaskets for about $15. For that much money it is not worth half measures. Use the rubber or TPE one not cork. It's easier to install amd will last longer. RTV is not a good solution. It will not last, will squeeze into the valve area, and may come loose in the valve area causing more issues. Not to mention if you ever need to get into this area again you will have to clean that crap off.
i did a head gasket like 30 bucks outta qaudratec whole upper gasket set with everything and came with the rubber valve cover gasket, works great and there is 2 bolts missing and still holding up good, and the cork does like dry's up and gets real hard it got like baked on the head and was real hard so i think the rubber will hold up good..
1994 Jeep Wrangler-4.0 h.o,5 speed tranny, 2.5 bd springs 1' shackles, rear richmond locker, and a whole bunch of other goodies.
1994 jeep wrangler- 4.0 h.o,5 speed tranny,winch,front bumper,kc lights,spectra intake, the stocker!
When I did my head gasket I bought the whole upper gasket kit n the valve gasket wasn't the right one. Every other one was but the valve. I went to napa n the old timer behind the counter( n I mean to say that in no harmful way cause he could answer any question I had. Knows engines inside n out. been around the block a few times) but he told me rtv black would b just fine and im missin 1 bolt n have not had one single leak. So I guess to each is own. But I'll take advice from experience! !!
Stupid 2.5 has a crappy abs plastic valve cover. Replaced cover and gasket twice. Went rubber with rtv and it's been ok. No one makes a 2.5 aluminum that I could find. Quadratech only had the 4.0. Also checked the yards. Just be careful when prying off. I got crazy and cracked it originally. Oops!
1990 Jeep Wrangler YJ. 2.5L. Bone Stock, mostly.
"I'd have more money for upgrades if it didn't break every week."
Finally got around to fixing the gasket. Bought the expensive Felpro. Had a few issues with getting everything off, cleaned up and back on. Took at least two hours and I snapped a bolt. It I'd the bolt closest to the radiator.
Nothing leaks, but should I try to get the bolt replaced ASAP? Anyone driving around sans a bolt?