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Re: [T3] ACK! What did I do????

On 18 Jul 99, at 15:24, Bill Niles wrote:

> What could have happened? I didn't have a single leak before this.

You have 1 of 4 possible problems: dirt under gasket, gasket slipped 
to one side, cracked gasket, or valve cover bail stretched.

When you're finished adjusting the valves you need to make sure that 
the head is clean where the gasket will seat and that the gasket is 
clean where it will mate to the head. If you put in a new gasket you 
should tack it down at each of the 4 corners and in the middle of the 
long sides with gasket compound.

I re-use my head gaskets as long as they remain soft enough that I 
can push a fingernail into them. Once they are hard, they get 

Poor quality gaskets are easy to find, they are undersized and thin. 
The good ones are black impregnated cork, and more that 1/8" thick.
They FILL the recess in the valve cover.

The valve cover bails can be stretched if you try to push the UP and 
off the cover. They can be crunched back to shape with some effort.

Jim Adney, jadney@vwtype3.org
Madison, Wisconsin, USA

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