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Old 08-30-2010, 11:32 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Valve cover gasket oil leak repair or replace?

Hi everyone. I have a small oil leak so I took it to the mechanic he told me it was the valve cover gasket but he would try to clean it and use some kind of sealant first to see if that works. Should I just go ahead and replace the damage part or repair it? Just in case I need to place an order online where can I get a valve cover gasket bike bandit newbonneville?
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Old 08-30-2010, 12:03 PM   #2 (permalink)
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baxter will have them in stock.You might try replaceing the 4 rubber seals on the v/c bolts first ,they are what tightens the cover down the bolts bottom out on the head,alot of times there all thats bad .Replace them even if you want to put a new gasket on.A trick that will help alot if you replace the gasket ,get some weather strip glue and glue the gasket to the cover,will make it a much easyer job.
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Old 08-30-2010, 12:09 PM   #3 (permalink)
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This is a fairly common problem. My 07 bonny (31k) developed a bit of a seep a while back. I did my second valve clearance check this weekend and applied some clear RTV to the gasket when I put the cover back on. I put on a very thin bead and then smeared that flat to remove any excess. So it was a very thin sheen of liquid gasket. No seeping thus far and I ride pretty hard.
Unless the gasket has a crack or some other deficiency the liquid gasket should suffice. And if it doesn't just order a new gasket.

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Old 08-30-2010, 01:21 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I too had a leak from the cam cover. I ordered a new gasket and the gaskets/bushings for the 4 cover bolts through bike bandit. They have exploded views of all components to help oder the exact parts you need....The actual work was pretty easy to do...I did not use any sealant and havent had any new leaks in about 1000 miles of riding pretty hard...
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Old 08-30-2010, 02:53 PM   #5 (permalink)
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My 2010 Speedmaster with 7,000 km (4500 miles) has just started to weep around the right side sparkplug, and in one spot started to run down into the spark plug well.

I checked the four bolts that secure the valve cover, and they were tight. I did torque them to 14 Nm anyway. If it still weeps/leaks, I'll have the dealer fix on warranty.

This seems to be a very common/weak design on this engine. A shame for an otherwise beautiful piece of engineering.

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most likely nothing wrong at all with your gasket.


I had a really bad leak all around my cam cover. What I did was simply buy another set of of rubber cam cover screw washers, drop them right on top of the old ones and retorque the screws down to 14NM. Didn't even take the cover off. Guess how much cam cover oil drip I have now.... ZERO. I did that thousands of miles ago.
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Yeah, I concur. I think the gasket is fine. It's neatly seated. I checked all around the valve cover, and the gasket is uniformly placed.

However, since it's on warranty, I don't want to double stack washers on it. I'll let the dealer figure it out.

My wife's '07 Speedmaster (which was new in Oct/09 as a left over) is also starting to develop 'moisture' around the spark plug wells. It's not leaking yet... give it time

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as always great advice from everyone. thanks a lot.
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Old 09-09-2010, 12:18 PM   #9 (permalink)
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update

The mechanic applied the liquid gasket or sealant and told me that it should stop the leak it didn't. I just noticed a small leak last night in the same area. When I picked up the bike with him last week he told me to bring it back again if it leaks and he would redo the work for free I'm about to place an order with bikebandit for a new valve cover gasket and the 4 rubber seals.
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Old 09-11-2010, 04:37 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Torquing worked...

For my 2010 that was starting to weep/leak, I torqued the cam cover bolts to 14 Nm. The bolts seemed tight already, but figured I'd torque them up since I already had the tank off.

Did a 600 km (400 miles) spin a couple days ago at highway speeds, with some high revs on one of my favourite curvy/hilly roads. No leaks or weeps. The engine worked pretty hard on some good grades on my run, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed. I have 7900 km (4900 miles) on the bike now.

I will be ordering spare rubber seals for spares.
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