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Old 03-11-2012, 08:55 AM   #1
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Exclamation Fel-pro valve cover gasket does not fit SPI?!

So just did my head swap this week, everything went perfect except for filling the intake with coolant (connected water to vacuum hose) and the valve cover gasket replacement caused oil to leak out of the #4 cylinder corner.

I got a complete gasket set from eBay, the gaskets didn't have a brand name on them so when I noticed the valve cover gasket doesn't fit correctly on the valve cover I thought it was because it was a Chinese knock off. So I went down to Advance Auto Parts and asked to look at the Fel-Pro gasket to see if that fit any different but it was the same, corner near #4 does not line up.

I called the ford dealer to just get the OEM Motorcraft gasket but the guy said they don't sell just the gasket by itself, you have to buy a whole new valve cover that includes the gasket! Come on Ford WTF?

So I thought surely Fel-Pro doesn't make a gasket that doesn't fit the SPI so I decided to go down to the local pick-n-pull to see if I just had a different casting revision that the gasket just did not fit.

I found 2 other SPI Foci and 2 Escort 2000 SPIs, lined up the gasket on them all and the gasket had the same overhang on the #4 corner!

So if you ever do some engine work that requires you to take the valve cover off, don't remove the gasket. If your gasket is currently leaking, your only option is to get a whole new valve cover from ford for $100-$150.

I'm going to email Fel-Pro and see what the heck is going on with there mold for the SPI.




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Old 03-13-2012, 02:07 PM   #2
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Actually it will still work fine just takes a bit of aligning up to make sure its perfect.
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Old 03-14-2012, 01:48 PM   #3
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On a side note just fill the groove in the valve cover with some gray RTV when you assemble it so help with the sealing.

To each his own, but as a rebuilder i know this works.
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Old 03-14-2012, 01:54 PM   #4
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like he said... dont pull everything tight... slide that piece in there and the whole gasket will be abit loose along that side but when seated and bolted down it will be fine.
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The gasket specifically says not to use any sealant with it. Not sure why.

The gasket it put on top of the head first then you put the valve cover on. I put it on when the timing cover was off so I didn't have to slide anything, I just laid the valve cover on top.

Just got called by Fel-Pro, they were concerned about the issue and said that it should line up and not have that over hang. They're going to look into the issue more and get back to me.
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Well the idea is to put the sealant in the valve cover groove and let it setup and harden so that the oil can't run in the groove, not to glue the gasket on. As far as the Fel-pro goes if they knew what they were doing the gasket would fit...
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