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How to Buy a Good Quality Valve Cover Gasket

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When you open the hood of your car to take a look at your engine, you'll find it is kept safe with a valve cover. What keeps this valve cover in place and not moving around is the valve cover gasket. This part is usually made of cord or rubber and creates a tight seal.

The tight seal that the valve cover gasket creates is important because it prevents the oil from the engine from leaking and spewing all over. If the oil leaks, you can bet it's going to cause not just a big mess, but a lot of damage that is expensive to fix.

Over time, this seal that the valve cover gasket creates starts to wear down. Once it starts to wear down, you don't want to wait to have it replaced.

When you are looking to replace your gasket keep a couple things in mind:

  • Don't switch materials: The most common type of valve cover gasket is made from silicon rubber. It is recommended that you don't change what the car came with - the factory standard.

  • Silicon rubber: Silicon rubber valve cover gaskets are easy to replace, and tend to hold up better where breakage is concerned. However, they are known to shrink over time.

  • Cork: Cork valve cover gaskets are the other option available. Not only does this material create a strong seal, but it will actually soak up leaking oil, should it start to leak. However, they are harder to deal with when it comes to replacing.

Your valve cover gasket needs to create a strong seal in order to be effective. If you suspect yours isn’t effective, it may be time for replacement.

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Chris

21 years of experience
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Chris
21 years of experience
Kia Optima - Valve Cover Gasket Replacement - Riverside, California
Was able to come 3 hours earlier he’s great fast clean and did a great job will be using him again for sure with family members also
Nissan Maxima - Valve Cover Gasket - San Clemente, California
Chris is a straight up guy. Very honest and let's you know of its needed for your car at the time or can replace the part later where as some mechanics will tell its needed now when it isn't just to make extra. I highly recommend chris he knows his work very well.he is the only guy I call

Matthew

32 years of experience
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Matthew
32 years of experience
Mazda Tribute - Valve Cover Gasket - Newport News, Virginia
Overall friendly and reliable, explained everything to me. He got the job done quickly and efficiently highly recommend!!

Andrew

14 years of experience
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Andrew
14 years of experience
Toyota Prius V - Valve Cover Gasket - Oregon City, Oregon
Very thorough and did an excellent job. I have peace of mind now I knowing my Prius is in good shape. Thank you. Highly recommend.

Dustin

6 years of experience
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Dustin
6 years of experience
Kia Spectra - Valve Cover Gasket Replacement - Portland, Oregon
Dustin arrived at my work and performed the needed repairs and was very friendly and offered to answer any questions. This service is a life saver with many shops closed on weekends. Thank you Dustin!

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