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Post by spookytooth » Thu May 01, 2014 10:04 am

My right valve cover was leaking a little so along with the last oil change I also changed the valve cover gaskets and bolt seals. On the very last one... My superhuman strength got the best of me and I stripped the threads in the head. A quick google showed me that it's a pretty common issue that is easily solved (like I thought) with a healacoil. Does anyone know the exact size one to get so I don't screw it up real good?

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Re: Oops...

Post by WingAdmin » Thu May 01, 2014 11:04 am

Torque wrench! :) Any time you're tightening bolts into aluminum...

I don't know the thread size/pitch offhand, but if you take the bolt into any hardware/automotive shop, they should be able to size a helicoil for you.

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Re: Oops...

Post by Placerville » Thu May 01, 2014 11:30 am

Interesting that you stripped that rather than breaking the bolt off in the head. Most folks accomplish the latter. Like WA suggests, buy yourself a good 'inch' and 'foot' pounds torque wrench. They're a must. For your repair, go here: http://www.wingovations.com/stripped-th ... 4579471119
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