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Old 08-12-2016, 05:30 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello, I'm a novice when it comes to automotive repair but I've decided I'd like to try to replace a leaking valve cover gasket on my wife's 2008 Forenza. I've read a few posts here and watched a few videos but I still have some questions.

I'm planning on ordering the Fel-Pro VS50692R (PermaDry) Gasket Set, Permatex gasket sealant and maybe some cleaner.

My main question is...What is the proper placement of the Sealant? Is it ok to use sealant to hold the O-rings in place? I've seen people apply the sealant to multiple different spots, which is confusing.

Fel-Pro Blog says that their gaskets are meant to be installed Dry, except for the spots that the vehicle manufacturer tells you to use sealant.

The service manual I found online says "Apply a small amount of gasket sealant to the corners of the front camshaft caps and the top of the rear camshaft cover-to-cylinder head seal."

Would someone be kind enough to post an image indicating where I should apply the sealant? To be honest, I'm not sure where the camshaft caps and cover-to-cylinder head seal are located.

Thanks for your time,
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Got a response from Fel-Pro-----> "The camshaft caps are the pieces that bolt to the cylinder head and go over the camshafts. A dab of sealer is needed where on any side of the cap where it meets the head because the gasket cannot “flow” into the joint and sharp angle created by these components coming together. Put the sealer at the joints only, not between the gasket and the valve cover. The rear camshaft cover to cylinder head seal areas are just the joints in the sealing surface of the cylinder head at the rear of the head. Just put a dab or RTV at these joints.
The gasket and O-rings are “press-in-place” style gaskets, when installed clean and dry into the grooves of the valve cover, which also must be clean and dry, they will hold themselves in place. DO not apply any sealant or RTV on the gasket or O-rings directly."
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Are these the correct spots for the RTV Sealant? Location1 and Location2
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