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I am wondering if you have to replace the valve cover gasket every time you check valve clearances. If you can reuse it, then are you putting some silicon around it and what kind is the best? Thanks. :cry:

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You can reuse the gasket (i believe the manual claims not to but everybody does it without having any problems, similar case with the o-ring for the oilfilter/waterpump cover) I use permatex, it should be available at auto shops.

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You can re-use the gasket. You will need to clean the area around the top of the spark plug recess and use a thin coat of rtv to help seal this area. This is recommended even if you use a new gasket. Otherwise a small amount of oil will be found seeping out the small drain hole at the bottom of the spark plug recess on the side of the head. :cry:

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