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Adjusting Valves Without a New Gasket, Bad Idea???

Discussion in '40- & 55-Series Tech' started by cabron, Aug 7, 2005.

  1. cabron

    cabron

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    Well finally a day off and really want to adjust the valves on the 2F, but I cant source a head cover gasket today. I will have one before the end of the week, would it be a bad idea to adjust them today and put the new gasket on later on this week? It doesn't have any leaks now. Is this a bad idea?
     
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    brian SILVER Star

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    depending how old it is. once they get old and hard it's time to go. i just my did valves a few weeks ago, my gasket reached the hard spot. now it leaks a bit.

    no biggie, do them now and replace gasket at will. it won't really "leak" it's more of a weep. you'll just notice a light film of oil on the head. you could probably even just let it go till the next time you do the valves, depending how much you run it.
     
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    Thanks for the quick response!!
     
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    A good rubber gasket will let you take it on and off quite a few times as long as you clean all oil residue away from the surface, I use brake cleaner.
     
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    just don't pinch it where you can't see (like right next to the firewall) did that onmine and it sucked trying to find that leak
     
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    I notice no one mentioned silicone gasket.. it's easy and durable and it will seal vey well
    if the gasket is in ok shape you can put a light film of rtv then reinstall the cover with the old gasket....