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reuse of valve cover gasket.

So I have to remove the valve cover on the engine I got because the oil filler tube was broken when it was shipped but I worked out a deal with the seller but anway I want to open it up to make sure there is not any pieces of plastic that might has fallen into it just to be safe and was wondering if its possible to reuse these gaskets?
It looks good on the outside and the rocker seals look good as well.
Ive looked around to see what other people's experience was and from what I gathered is as long as it is clean it is still good since its a rubber gasket.
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If they are VERY clean go ahead a reuse it, That one of the parts I usually sacrifice just to be safe but there's nothing stopping you from reusing one that's recently been installed. If its more than a few months old I would spend the extra $50 for new gaskets just to be on the safe side.
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If it was both sides I would just replace them but its only the one side so I figured I would try to reuse it since it looks good.

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I just had to replace mine on that side, do yourself a favor and replace it while you have it off. It is a PITA because of clearance. I think your motor has the gaskets for the bolts as well, get those and the gaskets for the plugs.

Either way, you should also should be using something like RTV black, not just the rubber gasket, and you will need to clean the surface of the head off and get all the old gasket material off.
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Replace them! These things are bad about leaky valve cover gaskets.

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I just had to replace mine on that side, do yourself a favor and replace it while you have it off. It is a PITA because of clearance. I think your motor has the gaskets for the bolts as well, get those and the gaskets for the plugs.

Either way, you should also should be using something like RTV black, not just the rubber gasket, and you will need to clean the surface of the head off and get all the old gasket material off.
Its a PITA just to change spark plugs on these things I can't imagine trying to do the gaskets while the engine is in.

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Its possible. Its just tricky putting the cover back on while not messing up the gasket and having to line it back on to the cover. A 10mm ratcheting box wrench is a must have though. once you have the cover off you can do all the gaskets I mentioned. I used the RTV black on the actual cover gasket only. Trying to line the cover back up resulted in the gasket getting pulled out of place around the bottom, once that was sorted out it wasn't too bad.
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