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 Posted: 06-08-2006 02:17 am
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andrewo
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Okay. I took everyone's advice and bought new everything. The bolts, the washers, the tap, and the orange gaskets. The exhaust side still leaks from around the back lowest bolt. I realize that I probably have to take the whole thing apart again, but how do I clean the gasket itself? Any hints to get that bolt torqued right, since there is no way to get a torque wrench in there?

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 Posted: 06-08-2006 03:07 am
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John Finch
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Man do I relate you your story. Mine is doing the exact same thing. Lets loose a drop of oil onto the steering knuckle and manifold infrequently but its still there and stinky when it does. Only spot it leaks. I've used an inch pound torque wrench back there but it would help to be related to gumby to get it done. I'll read reply posts with interest. John

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 Posted: 06-08-2006 03:26 am
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I tighten mine with a box end wrench and dead reckoning, probably closer to 10 ft/lbs. Four ft/lbs always seemed really stupid to me. I use the Delta rubber gaskets installed dry. They are thinner than the red ones from the club store.

Kurt

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 Posted: 06-22-2006 09:14 pm
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Jon Plowe
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My method, for what it's worth, is to use to cut a gasket out of a thin cork/rubber mix sheet (2mm?) using an original as a template. As everybody says it has to be spotlessly clean (unlike your exhaust and garage floor!), empty all the oil out on the cam carrier, better still do it when the engine is out of the car. I stick the gasket onto the carrier with a bit of silicone type sealant bolting the cover to hold lightly it in place, leave overnight. Then apply a bit of sealant to the cam cover and bolt it back on to a guessed 5-10lbs torque, leave overnight. Perhaps tweak it a little more in the morning.  As the gasket is effectively stuck to both halves it never squeezes out - unless the cam covers are overtightened excessively. For the money cork gasket material will give many many more gaskets than off the shelf ones and you don't have to wait for the post. Obviously not reusable

A very daft idea strangely at odds with the rest of the brilliant design of the engine 

Jon

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 Posted: 06-23-2006 12:23 pm
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Brett Gibson JH5 20497
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John, I did the gasket job and ended up getting the occasional drip that you describe, what I found was the bolt sealing washer was not working all that well, and you guessed it, allowing it to drip, bought a bag of the washers from McMaster-Carr, and it's been dry as a bone since.

Brett.  

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