Valve cover nut WASHERS?

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Post by INSUBORDINATOR » Thu Mar 10, 2016 1:20 am

In my recent hunt for oil leaks, I JB welded a casting flaw underneath the rocker box area of my left head - tricky but successful.
THEN I noticed some oil malingering in the valve cover bolt well. My 2002 750 Tourist has attractive squared of acorn nuts & little silver steel washers - which apparently let some oil through. Was there ever a rubber or fiber washer beneath the steel washers ? I have seen washers with rubber bonded to one side. Any body else having oil sneak by the valve cover nuts? Did anybody bother to address this ?
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Post by VWK75S » Thu Mar 10, 2016 6:24 am

INSUBORDINATOR wrote:Any body else having oil sneak by the valve cover nuts?
:? How much oil runs out when the valve cover is removed?
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Post by Albuquralque » Thu Mar 10, 2016 8:35 am

INSUBORDINATOR wrote:Any body else having oil sneak by the valve cover nuts? Did anybody bother to address this ?
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Post by stagewex » Thu Mar 10, 2016 9:35 am

Only the metal washers on a 2007, nothing else. But I would think that oil would get stopped from leaking from the inside gasket. I've never had any oil leak as you describe. My original gaskets were replaced with the silicone ones many years ago. And I just changed to new silicones last Summer. Seems like the gasket surround that would circle the nut & washer is all your need.
Have you tried to justcut your own gasketing from perhaps material just a tad wider? Maybe some of the new ones just aren't like the ones offered when you rig was new. That has got to be annoying.
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Post by S 854 » Thu Mar 10, 2016 9:47 am

Yes...minor oil weep... Got some copper washers from Ace... They squash a bit...once I had one squash so much it caught on the threads of the stud and made removing the cover a bit more of a challenge... Other than that they been working fine...
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Post by mcj115 » Thu Mar 10, 2016 10:41 am

I had some minor weeping on my 650 in this spot...I guess I just thought WWID on the spot and put some O rings on the stud and installed the valve cover nut. No problems since. I haven't removed the covers since but would consider the o-rings a disposable solution.
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Post by Mothra35 » Thu Mar 10, 2016 11:04 am

INSUBORDINATOR wrote:In my recent hunt for oil leaks, I JB welded a casting flaw underneath the rocker box area of my left head - tricky but successful.
THEN I noticed some oil malingering in the valve cover bolt well. My 2002 750 Tourist has attractive squared of acorn nuts & little silver steel washers - which apparently let some oil through. Was there ever a rubber or fiber washer beneath the steel washers ? I have seen washers with rubber bonded to one side. Any body else having oil sneak by the valve cover nuts? Did anybody bother to address this ?
Close to being oil tight & hope to succeed.
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Post by INSUBORDINATOR » Thu Mar 10, 2016 11:57 am

VWK75S wrote:
INSUBORDINATOR wrote:Any body else having oil sneak by the valve cover nuts?
:? How much oil runs out when the valve cover is removed?
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Just the usual amount, nothing unusual. But I use synthetic oil which is harder to confine, which may be why it lubricates better.
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Post by VWK75S » Thu Mar 10, 2016 6:28 pm

INSUBORDINATOR wrote:Just the usual amount
1tsp or 1/4cup?
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Post by Snakeoil » Thu Mar 10, 2016 8:18 pm

My 650 does not leak. I agree that the gasket surrounding the stud should seal out oil. But if your still wants to weep, I'd get nylon washers. They seal as well as copper and can be used over and over before needing replacement. Hardware stores normally have a selection in those little cardboard drawer assortments of nuts, bolts and various gizmos in the hardware section. Love that section.
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Post by INSUBORDINATOR » Sun Mar 13, 2016 12:45 pm

VWK75S wrote:
INSUBORDINATOR wrote:Just the usual amount
1tsp or 1/4cup?
I'd say a couple of tsp, come out when I remove the valve cover. A bit is trapped behind the bottom lip of the gasket - I never measured.

The drain hole in the head gasket is definitely in the right place & not blocked. after I installed it I poked a long rod trough to test.
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Post by Lloyd G » Mon Mar 14, 2016 9:02 pm

I had one leaking, found that the stud was too long on one side, I had to use a nut under the acorn to get it tight enough to stop leaking.
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Post by INSUBORDINATOR » Wed Mar 30, 2016 1:17 pm

Thanks to my Friend GLENN here on the forum, who turned me on to a pair of rubber clad Sealing washers. No more sneaky leak.
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