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

On 19 Jul 99, at 7:37, Erkson, Toby wrote:

> I always clean both surfaces (engine and cover) before putting on a new
> gasket.  I have found that the plain cork gaskets seal the best, however, I
> only use them once.  I'm a little weary about reusing them as I tried it
> once and ended up with a big oil leak!

My VC gaskets last a couple of years at LEAST! Get over the knee-jerk 
reaction that new is better. Learn to judge whether the gasket still 
has the necessary resilience to seal. They eventually harden up, but 
this takes quite a while.

> There is a lot of oil vapor that gets swirled around in our engines.  A good
> amount of this vapor finds its way into the rocker assembly.  When it comes
> in contact with the valve covers imy cools and condenses, then drains
> back into the case as you've discovered.  The valve covers help to cool the
> engine AND the oil, so this is why one shouldn't chrome the valve covers
> (chrome retains heat) on an engine :)

I suppose there is SOME vapor, but it is really negligible compared 
to the oil that is actively pumped up the push rods.

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

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