Engine Valve Cover Gaskets
The valve cover gasket has an important job to do. It protects the cylinder head from the elements while keeping the oil from escaping the motor. The valve cover gasket seals the cylinder head and the valve cover to prevent oil leaks. The most common symptoms of brittle or worn-out valve cover gaskets are oil leaks, low levels of engine oil, engine misfire, and the smell of burning oil when you start the motor. Total failure of the valve cover gasket can spell disaster for the motor. If the valve cover is dirty or if you see traces of leaking oil, it is better to check and replace the valve cover gaskets to prevent engine problems later on. Sam’s Motorsports has a large inventory of OEM and aftermarket engine valve cover gaskets at discounted prices for any type of domestic or import vehicle.
An engine that’s burning oil spews obvious signs and signals. Clouds of smoke at startup or when getting on and off the throttle visually show where that quart of oil every 500 miles is going. If the dipstick is reading low and there’s no sign of oil smoke, suspect an oil leak. While the source of oil leaks can be hard to locate, a common and relatively easy to repair source is located where the valve cover meets the cylinder head. If oil is going missing and the area around and under the valve cover is soaked, then it could be time to replace the valve cover gasket.