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Old 08-02-2008, 11:51 AM
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Valve cover gasket

Will this work for 81 300TD (617.952)?
I looked in fastlane but it is a little more than I want to pay for this gasket. Or should I just see if I can reuse the one on the car? I have wrenches coming that I bought from another forum member. The car is not my DD, so if I have to wait for a gasket, no biggie - don't know whether the gaskets can be reused or not.

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Old 08-02-2008, 11:57 AM
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You most likely can use the Original for quite some time though.
it should feel rubbery more than plastic-like

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Old 08-02-2008, 01:25 PM
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AllPartsExpress has the valve cover gasket for $5.38.

You can get away with using the valve cover gasket a couple times, but IMO it's a PITA to get the valve cover back on with the gasket seated right, so I use a new one every time. I don't want to have to go back and redo it because the gasket isn't sealing right.

You need to order $100 to get free shipping though.

Also ************** sells a pack of three gaskets for $24.95 and only charges $4.80 for USPS shipping.
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Old 08-02-2008, 07:27 PM
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Gasket Pak

Just order a bunch of consumables. Oil filters, fuel filters, valve cover gaskets
etc. Unless you really NEED to conserve, replace the gasket. It would really piss me off to do a valve adjustment only to have the gasket leak, and have to replace it.
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