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    Valve Cover Gaskets

    I have a 98 with oil around the spark plugs and cadillac says for the valve cover gaskets, (also the oil cooler $546 oem part) it will cost a total of $700. How much time to i have before something really gets F'd up if i dont romp on it? Also, what is the worst case scenario?



    Anyone know where i can get the part cheap? Anyplace in NEW YORK that will do the work cheap?

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    Re: Valve Cover Gaskets

    Well, your sparkplugs are going to be hurt by oil seeping in.. causing misfires, and your wires will also be unuseable.

    Check local autoparts stores or go here:

    Http://www.cadillac-parts-dealer.com

    Right now, you probably dont need a new oil cooler.. but cadillac insists on putting a new one in while they are doing engine work. What you can do, is just re-seal it.

    http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums...achmentid=2888

    Thats a whole guide to re-sealing it.

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    Re: Valve Cover Gaskets

    If i were to get this done elsewhere other then cadillac, what are all the parts I need except for the oil cooler because i was told that there are alot of other gaskets that need to be replaced at the same time?

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    Re: Valve Cover Gaskets

    Intake seals... if needed. Oil cooler seals arent listed on the parts website. I guess they are washer-like things, the dealer should be able to get those.

    The re-seal tutorial tells you whats needed.

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    Re: Valve Cover Gaskets

    This is what i got from cadillac:

    -Valve Cover Gaskets (2 pack) $58.91 each pack (2 packs needed) = $117.82

    -Intake Seals (6 O rings $47.45), Lower Intake Gaskets ($14.39 X 2), Upper Intake Gaskets ($21.86 X 3) = $141.81


    Grand Total: $259.63 plus tax!

    *****ARE THESE WHAT YOU MEAN BUY INTAKE GASKETS?? DO I NEED ALL OF THOSE????
    ALSO, CADILLAC SAYS I NEED TO BUY THE OIL COOLER TO GET THE OIL COOLER WASHERS?????


    IF THIS IS TOO MANY PARTS OR THE WRONG ONES OR MORE IS NEEDED, PLEASE TELL ME!!!!!

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    Re: Valve Cover Gaskets

    No you do NOT need them if they are not worn or damaged when you go through to take the intake apart. But thats the correct number.




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    Re: Valve Cover Gaskets

    Ok, one last question..... I found I believe on this forumn, a whole print out of actual pictures taken buy someone fixing this problem step by step and i misplaced, any ideas???

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    Re: Valve Cover Gaskets

    Where do i get the oil cooler replacement seals/washers? cadillac says they only come with a new oil cooler?

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    Re: Valve Cover Gaskets

    For your car, id say if its not leaking right now.. all you need to do is inspect the seal around the bottom of the cooler. For cracks/flaws in the seal... if you want, get some GM Specified sealant and clean off the remaining seals.. then re apply the new sealant to the oilcooler... saves a lot of money and it works.

    http://www.jasperengines.com/tech/Catera_TB.pdf << re-seal info

    The photos step by step on the oil cooler are in this thread , along with a reseal information document and the jasper engines thing:
    http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums...ad.php?t=15189

    Certainly a good thing to do as precautionary in your situation where it doesnt need it at the moment. Saves you un-wanted money loss for a problem you have already.

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