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Old 08-10-2019, 12:43 AM   #1
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Valve cover gasket

Hi! I just finished changing the valve cover gasket on my 2008 Ford focus se. The repair manual called for jb weld gasket maker. My question is cause the instructions said it would dry in 1 hour....it would cure in 24 hours. My question is because I only put 2 small amounts the size of my index finger, can I drive it like that iafter one hour? I'm not in a rush, I just want to know if I desired to, could I drive without having to let it cure? Or would I put it at risk of ruining the gasket?


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Likely OK based on the present temperatures. What is far more important is whether you truly got all surfaces dead bone dry and 100% free of any trash in grooves there. The cause of most new gasket leaks.
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Very rough idle on 2008 Ford focus se

I just replaced my valve cover gasket. Now it has a very rough idle! I don't know what to do now. It idles roughly and when I hit the gas it stops, then when I hit the brakes, it slows down and idles roughly. Do I clean the maf sensor or the idle control ?
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I just replaced my valve cover gasket. Now it has a very rough idle! I don't know what to do now. It idles roughly and when I hit the gas it stops, then when I hit the brakes, it slows down and idles roughly. Do I clean the maf sensor or the idle control ?
That should tell you, you have a vacuum problem...Why jump to the maf or iac? Go back & figure out what you forgot.....
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Pretty much exactly what felixthecat has said. You probably forgot a vacuum hose somewhere or you simply have a suction leak from somewhere. Try some water spray, gentle propane flow, WD40 - whatever floats your boat. Listen for a change in idle speed and follow your instinct to the leak.

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