View Full Version : valve cover gaskets?

08-01-2012, 07:44 AM
Just bought new cork gaskets. Do I need to use silicone or that gasket glue?

08-01-2012, 11:35 AM
Use anaerobic gasket sealer

08-01-2012, 11:52 AM
for cork,
I put silicone on one side. ensure that its rough.
so, next time you pull the valve covers the gasket sticks to the valve cover adn not the head tearing it apart.

08-01-2012, 06:41 PM
Take them back and buy the PermaDry ones and don't use anything on them

08-01-2012, 08:36 PM
cork sucks. spend the couple extra bucks and save a ton of oil in the long run

08-02-2012, 12:14 AM
It's a chevy, it'll leak oil no matter what! And yes I owned SBC's for a couple of decades :D

Don't need to use silicone on any gasket, usually just makes them slip out of place. I use a very light application of weather strip adhesive to stick the gasket on (V/C's, oil pan, etc) and install dry. Yah it makes it a pain to remove the next time but that's what a die grinder and a rough buffer are for. Only need silicone where the gaskets aren't one piece - oil pan side gasket to rubber end seal or on some engines where intake makes up part of the valve cover surface.

08-02-2012, 12:49 AM
i dont use anything but lock tight gasket maker,175 a tube but seals instantly and is easy to remove [cheers]

08-02-2012, 10:33 AM
I only use the silicone to keep it stuck to the cover. Not for sealing

08-02-2012, 10:37 AM
thanks for tips!

08-02-2012, 01:38 PM
i wouldnt put anything on them

08-02-2012, 03:18 PM
high tack silicone spray is what i use, works great and is quick setting, little blue can, about 3 bucks at crappy tire spray a little on the surface of the valve cover and then stick the gasket on and let it dry then like jer said, next time you take it off it wont stick to the head either

dirka dave
08-02-2012, 04:18 PM
For cork, gasket sinch.