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Old 07-14-2012, 02:04 PM   #1
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Valve cover gasket plus sludge

So I decided to change out my valve cover gasket because it leaked when I took the gasket out and I saw what was underneath the valve cover it was a complete nightmare. There was more sludge in there and I have ever seen before in my entire life- I've worked on a few vehicles before- so for about three hours I cleaned out all of the sludge with Q-tips screwdriver and my fingers- I immediately change the oil and added a cleaner into the oil now she runs like a champ- upon start up the oil pressure stays right around 20 and then builds to right around 4550 when I'm driving I can really feel the difference already in the performance

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Old 07-14-2012, 02:12 PM   #2
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How many miles on that engine? That crap in the second picture is what came out I am assuming?

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Old 07-14-2012, 02:15 PM   #3
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154,000 and some change- i dont think the previous owner took care of it at all- i have had it for a month and it now has a new water pump, a new thermostat, a new radiator, resistors and relays, a new battery, new belt and a new set of wires and distributor cap.
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Old 07-14-2012, 04:31 PM   #4
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Still think rear main is leaking though
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Old 07-14-2012, 07:41 PM   #5
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mine at 110k didnt look bad at all under the cover when I changed it. Damn near pristine compared to that. Now all around where it had been leaking, thats another story.
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Old 07-15-2012, 07:03 AM   #6
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Yea when i saw it i was like OMFG!!! My neighbor is a Diesel mechanic and I called him over here to let him look at it. he said that it was pretty bad but if I cleaned it out and ran some risoline (spelling) in there with the 5 quarts of brand-new oil (risoline replaces one qt) I was going to put in there but it would run a lot better and eventually clean it out. he also said to clean out the oil pan but I have not done that yet as I want to run the stuff through for about 1000 to 2000 miles and then eventually I'll drop the oil pan. it seems to be running a lot better now than It did when I first bought it. I cleaned out a lot of sludge from the head. So far no oil leak from the gasket.
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Old 07-15-2012, 01:14 PM   #7
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I would definitely plan to drop the pan, but if you think you have a RMS leak you will be dropping it anyway to replace it.
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Old 07-15-2012, 01:16 PM   #8
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Yea- im going out to sea for a few weeks and then im just gonna do it myself- rear main shouldnt be too hard to fix but then again i hate working underneath the jeep...

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