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Post by SVT Driver627 » Fri May 06, 2005 12:12 am

i tried searching but came up empty handed...

The previous owner recently put in a cork gasket for the valve cover but it seems to be laeking, the gasket only has about 40 miles on it so should i replace it with a rubber one or remove the cover and try to reseat it properly. thanks in advance.

also where can i get gaskets or what not for a fair price?
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Post by turboxr » Fri May 06, 2005 12:15 am

O'Reilley's or Autozone should have a blue Felpro job- many peeps have had probs with slight leakage, but i've not had any problems. You can also go buck wild and opt for a 93(?) to 95(?) ranger 2.3 gasket which has metal inbeaded for a better seal.


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Post by Chuck W » Fri May 06, 2005 12:25 am

Throw the cork one away...far, far away.....

Go to a Ford dealer and get this gasket...

F57Z-6584-A

The last valve cover gasket you will ever need.....
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Post by SVT Driver627 » Fri May 06, 2005 12:29 am

Chuck W wrote:Throw the cork one away...far, far away.....

Go to a Ford dealer and get this gasket...

F57Z-6584-A

The last valve cover gasket you will ever need.....
what's it for/ est. cost?
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Post by rat_n_a_cage » Fri May 06, 2005 1:43 am

SVT Driver627 wrote:
Chuck W wrote:Throw the cork one away...far, far away.....

Go to a Ford dealer and get this gasket...

F57Z-6584-A

The last valve cover gasket you will ever need.....
what's it for/ est. cost?
I paid about $30 if I remember correctly. Haven't had a single drop of oil leak since. It's the only choice as far as I'm concerned.

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Post by John Brennan » Fri May 06, 2005 2:32 am

Let me add my full agreement to Chuck and Rat-- with personal experience. Once you have it in your hands, you'll grok in fulness.
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Post by xrian » Fri May 06, 2005 6:48 am

I also strongly agree with the other to use the new Ford Ranger gasket. It can be used over and over. The Felpro can & has caused many leaks and fires due the poor design. This was the gasket that Ford used to sell until they came up with a better design.
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Post by Cozz » Fri May 06, 2005 8:05 am

There is nothing wrong with the Felpro gasket. The problem is the valve cover. Felpro's have a groove on the center of the gasket that points upwards. XR's don't have this channel on the cover thus it's not meant for XR valve covers.

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Post by xrian » Fri May 06, 2005 8:27 am

All I'm gona say is keep a fully charged fire extinguisher with you at all times then.
Why use an known inferior gasket when there is a way better one available?
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Post by turbopower » Fri May 06, 2005 9:30 am

ditto w/ using dealer gasket, there about $35 in texas.
don't know why but the gasket and felpro seem to not work out in the long run.
i would stick w/ dealer brand myself :D
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Post by Chuck W » Fri May 06, 2005 9:35 am

Don't let the cost scare you away....I've had mine apart so many times it has paid for itself a long time ago.

There is no muss and little fuss (the front portion over the cam tower can be tedious at times if the gasket has been stored for a while and has taken a set). the rest of the gasket has a full steel core (not little grommets at the bolt holes).

I've got one on each of the 3 2.3T's I have running right now...no leaks.

Factory application...95 Ranger 2.3....
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Post by xrpat » Fri May 06, 2005 9:43 am

I have used the re-useable rubber gasket but it has always leaked a little(sometimes a lot) torqueing the bolts carefully never helped either. After the last rubber gasket failed in a big way all I had on hand was a leftover sh!ty, cork gasket ( I just couldn't see spending $30 on 1 gasket that might not even work)so I lovingly installed it, adhearing it first to the clean v/c with permatex gasket dope then lowering it onto the clean head mating surfaces followed by carfull torquing down the bolts (these aren't head bolts now). I know its a piece of crap but it has worked flawlessly for a bout a year now. I agree with cozz the felpro rubber units are not designed to work with our v/c.

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Post by quirkymerk » Fri May 06, 2005 9:55 am

thanks for all the info. people I have been meaning to replace mine since it is leaking also.
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Post by SVT Driver627 » Fri May 06, 2005 12:48 pm

Alright thanks everyone, so a 95 ranger gasket it is then, right?

Also will i need to use any kind of other sealer on the gasket or just put it on dry?
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Post by MerkXRTurbo » Fri May 06, 2005 12:51 pm

Always seal the hell out of Merkur VC gaskets. It can't hurt, and will likely save you time later.
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