valve cover gasket reusable? [Archive] - Forum


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04-02-2007, 03:25 PM
are they i wanna paint the front one and i was wondering i i can reuse the gasket the car is a 04 with only 44k miles thanks

04-02-2007, 03:56 PM
i just polished mine and bought a new gasket. I had the same question as you but was skeptical on having to change it but once i got the old cover off to put the new one on i was happy i did. it was only like 9 bux for a pack of 2 at autozone and they had them in stock.
im sure i can get the part # if u want

04-02-2007, 04:53 PM
ok ill buy a new one then when i paint it

04-02-2007, 05:13 PM
make sure you put a little bit of time away for the removal +reinstall because there are coolent lines that make it tricky

in case u wanted the part number is VS 50442 R
made by fel-pro at autozone

04-02-2007, 05:31 PM
They can be re-used if they aren't too old and you are careful when you remove them. The only difficult thing is they tend to expand a little after they've gotten hot so they don't fit back in the valve cover as well when you are trying to reinstall them. If they're cheap, just buy a new one. Also make sure you put some RTV sealer in the corner where the cylinder heads and lower intake manifold meet.