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Old 07-11-2008, 03:54 PM   #1
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Default Oil coming out of the valve cover

Hi guys; I've been searching both here and at m.net but can't find a solution. Here's the deal: I just replaced the Cam seal and ring and I found an oil leak coming from the back of my valve cover.

I'd like to know if someone has a suggestion about that leak. I just bought a new valve cover gasket which I'm going to have installed this afternoon but I'd like to get additional input as to why that's happening.

Since I first bought my car this is going to be the 3rd valve cover gasket I install and the oil leaks are always on the same location; around the cam.

Any suggestions?

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are you using black silicone on the corners of the caps that protrude up?
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are you using black silicone on the corners of the caps that protrude up?
Which caps brain? the ones on the gasket?

Black silicone any different than the grey one I see around here?
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When installing the valve cover gasket use RTV sealant where the cam bearing caps and CAS meet the cylinderhead.
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Damnit brain, I'm gonna start calling you "quick draw McGraw"

where the cams protrude at the front and where the CAS protrudes at the back, these are the places to apply RTV
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I guess you're talking about the caps on the valve cover. We used silicone all around but I'll doublecheck
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Which caps brain? the ones on the gasket?

Black silicone any different than the grey one I see around here?
the black stuff is more resistant to oil..

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Thanks man!
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Hey Duckie, thanks to you too man!
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One last stupid question; would you think it is that important to follow this sequence?:
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do you guys really have that many bolts holding the VC down? I tighten middle out, not a circle....
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do you guys really have that many bolts holding the VC down? I tighten middle out, not a circle....
I don't think so. That's from m.net's garage section. I'll follow yours.

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Hey Scott. While we are on the topic of valve cover gaskets and rafas question is resolved. I have a 99 Altima, just like yours. Have a leaky valve cover. I bought a full gasket set. Do I also have to apply sealant in certain places just like this thread is indicating?
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Hey Scott. While we are on the topic of valve cover gaskets and rafas question is resolved. I have a 99 Altima, just like yours. Have a leaky valve cover. I bought a full gasket set. Do I also have to apply sealant in certain places just like this thread is indicating?
I'd be surprised if that was not the case Sam.
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I cant tell from the picture where the hell the sealant is supposed to go. If I could see on the picture scott posted id be able to translate that into my car when I do it.
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You put sealant in the corners where the front cam caps meet the head and where the cas locking cap meets the head. A total of 6 corners.
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You put sealant in the corners where the front cam caps meet the head and where the cas locking cap meets the head. A total of 6 corners.
Thanks; we just did that. Worked like a charm!
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Glad to know it worked out for you.. I'll be doing the VC gasket soon too so I'll be sure to follow the tips here..
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I've always used the high temp silicone and used the m.net sequence when putting the valve cover back on. Never had any problems.


This pic is from when I just recently put the new powdercoated cover on.


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