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Old July 21st, 2009, 21:38   #1
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When removing the valve cover / cylinder head cover, would one need to replace the gasket? The car in question is an 06 BRM, bone stock.
Wanna guess why I'd like to peek under the cover?
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Old July 21st, 2009, 22:44   #2
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Is it because your odometer reads 100,001?
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Old July 21st, 2009, 23:16   #3
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The VC gasket is reuseable, however you will need some RTV for the corners, plus I like to tack the gasket back to the VC..You can get away with no tack, if you are good..

You will need a T30 as well and torque the VC bolts to spec...

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Old August 16th, 2009, 15:17   #4
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The VC gasket is reuseable, however you will need some RTV for the corners, plus I like to tack the gasket back to the VC..You can get away with no tack, if you are good..

You will need a T30 as well and torque the VC bolts to spec...

Tip...wash the topend at the local Car wash before opening..
I want to do mine as well. I have the same BRM and mine was made Jaunary 4, 2006 (if that helps). I only have 60,500 miles but am curious. What is RTV? and What does it mean to "Tack" the gasket to the Valve Cover? I do not have a Trouque Wrench, but is the torque less than "10", because I can't fine one that will go less than "10"? And also, how easy is this to screw up?

Thanks for the help! Ill post pics of the cam when I am done.

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Old August 17th, 2009, 00:57   #5
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Use some 'silicone'(gasket in a tube), at the 4 corners where the hump is..niot the outside corners..

The torque for the screws is like very small, just get them tight(50 inch pds) and use a stepped process and alternate each side, work from the inside-out..

Its a plastic VC so it doesn't take much to seal(or break)..

I use some glue to tack the gasket to the VC..Although if you are good, you can get away without it...

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Old August 17th, 2009, 01:05   #6
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Thank you very much! After researching a bit more and watching other cars on youtube this seems a lot easier than I thought. Should I use a cleaner (break cleaner or similar) to clear off the top and bottom before the gasket goes back in? How about coating the gasket with a thin bit of engine oil? Thank you again for the reply and I appreiciate taking the time to answer!
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Old August 17th, 2009, 04:22   #7
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"Gunk" engine cleaner works great for cleaning the engine. Be vary careful if you have a 5-speed. My clutch began slipping RIGHT after I used Gunk once and I suspect a little of the cleaner got in between the engine and transaxle and got on the (stock) clutch. The slipping never stopped after that (this was after an upgrade to RC 1, though). I've used Gunk on other cars for years, and this is the first occurrance of this for me. The stock clutch clamping force is near the maximum torque output of the engine, which is poor from an engineering standpoint.

Just wipe all the oil off of the sealing surfaces and wipe off the valve cover gasket and re-install with VERY small dabs (BB sized maybe) of sealant in the said cam cap corners. I do not tack the gasket anywhere else.

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Old August 17th, 2009, 05:57   #8
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That would defy gravity to get Gunk on a clutch, I would think assuming your timing mark plug is installed and you show some sort of sanity when cleaning things. Have you ever changed a clutch on an A4? The pressure plate is sort of buried or covered by the flywheel and pressure plate so Gunk would have to get past the timing mark plug and all that metal. New chips and stock clutches often equals slipping clutch.

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"Gunk" engine cleaner works great for cleaning the engine. Be vary careful if you have a 5-speed. My clutch began slipping RIGHT after I used Gunk once and I suspect a little of the cleaner got in between the engine and transaxle and got on the (stock) clutch. The slipping never stopped after that (this was after an upgrade to RC 1, though). I've used Gunk on other cars for years, and this is the first occurrance of this for me. The stock clutch clamping force is near the maximum torque output of the engine, which is poor from an engineering standpoint.

Just wipe all the oil off of the sealing surfaces and wipe off the valve cover gasket and re-install with VERY small dabs (BB sized maybe) of sealant in the said cam cap corners. I do not tack the gasket anywhere else.

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Old August 17th, 2009, 07:18   #9
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Yea, I thought so too. But I had the chip for a couple of months and right after the engine cleaning (and I was careful, and used the minimal amount of cleaner) it began slipping. Maybe it was coincidence, but the timing of the beginning of slippage leads me to believe that it was the cleaner (its kerosene based). My G60 VR-6 clutch is beginning to slip a little and I sure won't use Gunk around the engine/transmission interface on the car now.

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Old August 17th, 2009, 16:17   #10
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I got the valve cover off with no trouble, but now i'm having a difficult time putting it back on. I can't get it so set down on the head. It says in the directions to remove the EGR bracket, but I thought i'd seen it done without that? I don't have a wrench for the egr. Any ideas?
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Old August 17th, 2009, 16:21   #11
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I thought the EGR valve had to come out to get the cover off and back on. Its a 5 MM allen wrench I think.

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Old August 17th, 2009, 16:45   #12
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Just to clarify, I'm working on an 06 BRM. The screws on the EGR look like a 12 point or something like that.
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Old August 17th, 2009, 19:57   #13
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I haven't started this process my 06 BRM yet, but I thought the cover can come off and back on again with out doing anything to the EGR. Ill have to go look.
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I haven't started this process my 06 BRM yet, but I thought the cover can come off and back on again with out doing anything to the EGR. Ill have to go look.
It came off real easy... Putting it back is the hard part
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I see what you are saying, gquenstedt. Its a really tight fit back there. what do those hoses or wires going into the plastic valve cover lid do? It is safe to remove them? I could not even see the back screws to the VC at all. It does look like a 12 point star (or even more) size screw.
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