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Old 01-06-2013, 08:56 PM   #1
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Default Drivers side valve cover leaking. How concerned should I be?

Bout a week ago I noticed some oil drippings in my garage. A quick check underneath saw it was coming from the rear main seal area where the trans and engine meet but I know that i had my rear main seal replaced back in 09 when i had my ls7 clutch put in, and never saw drop 1 out of it, so I doubted that could be it. Finally crawled under the car tonight and saw that its really coming from my drivers side valve cover. Doesnt seem like its leaking a LOT right now. I wiped up the spot in my garage last week and havent noticed any new droppings since then. Failing gasket maybe? 90% of the time I drive the car like an 85 year old, so its not like its constantly beat on.
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How many miles on the car now?
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Could be, wipe it off the engine where you can see it, drive a couple days, see how much more you get. Drop or two, wouldn't worry about it yet, pissing out, change it.

Replaced the VCG on the 02 Cavalier at about 60k I want to say... could just be time.
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Tighten the cover?
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i suppose i should try that, but nothing is ever that simple. especially w/ cars But youre right, that thought had crossed my mind. I'll keep an eye on it this week and see if it needs any tightening up when i can dig into it next weekend.
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Always go simple first. If it doesn't fix it then replace it.
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Does anyone happen to know off the top of their heads what the valve cover should be torqued to on a 241 head?
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As tight as my 1/4" impact can make it
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From the German to English dictionary, Gutenteit - 485 Ft. Lbs. of torque.
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They are easy to overtighten, just give them like a half turn, wait a day and do it again.

I had this problem with mine, ended up replacing the gasket which is super easy and not that expenaive.

89-106 IN lbs... that is nothing... tighten from inside out.
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it's easy to change even if you did
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