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leaking valve cover

Discussion in 'Integra' started by 90htchbck, Mar 19, 2007.

  1. 90htchbck

    90htchbck New Member

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    went to go check out this 92 integra today with b16 and gsr head w/ ls tranny, car seems to run good he say sit has 50k miles on it...but he said the valve cover is leaking oil, he said he's changed it 2 times already but cant figure out the problem...any ideas??? is this a major problem...do you think he could have made the valve cover leak so the leaking oil could cover for a blown head gasket??? besides overheating and smoking what are some other signs for a blown head gasket??? the buy wants 3 grand for this integra...what do you thiNK???
     
  2. get_nick

    get_nick These snozzberries taste like snozzberries... VIP

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    wrong forum noob.
     
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    why dont u take a look at the valve cover for any cracksonthe gasket and did he put in the silicon selant right. u could probably get a new valve cover.
     
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    A valve cover gasket set is like $20 from auto-zone. It is a non-pressure bearing gasket set, so yes, autozone crap will work fine. If the guy is replacing everything and then tightening the crap out of the bolts "to keep it from leaking" He is ruining the new gaskets. Torque those valve cover nuts too much and it'll trash a brand new gasket. Also, it needs small dabs of gasket goop in the sharp corners. If he failed to do that, it'll leak anyway. Other than that, it could be a warped/cracked/dented valve cover, or even a failure on his part to clean out all of the old gasket material from the surfaces. There are 10 ways to screw up that simple operation. Could be a cam seal. Is it coming from one of the cams?

    Blown head gasket symptoms to look for: Low compression. Compression check that motor, it takes 10 minutes and any serious buyer should do that before purchasing any used vehicle. I have no idea why people dont do that. Check for water in the oil, or water vapor coming out of the exhaust. Check for white sludgy crap in the radiator.

    Where is the oil leaking from specifically? Front? Back? pulley side? distributor side?

    If its an easy to get to area, like the front of the motor, wash it off, get it sparkly clean, and drive around the block a few times. Pop the hood, and see for yourself exactly where that oil is coming from.

    If the buyer has any problem with you performing any of these actions, drop it and run like hell, he is hiding something and/or untrustworthy.
     
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