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#4600615 - 12/11/17 11:35 AM Napa/Felpro valve cover gasket = junk?
Drew99GT Online   happy


Registered: 10/11/02
Posts: 22127
Loc: Colorado Springs
Bought one for my Corolla as the one in the car was leaking pretty bad. The Napa Felpro unit was a little too short around the cam sprocket and distributor; it just didn't fit in the groove all the way, but Napa already closed, so I went ahead and installed it hoping it will seat correctly when tightened. Plus the book says to use a dab of RTV in the corners where the cam/distributor come out the head as they are 90 degree corners.

It seems EVERYTHING I buy automotive nowadays is absolute JUNK, even OEM stuff. I though Felpro was still decent...

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#4600626 - 12/11/17 11:42 AM Re: Napa/Felpro valve cover gasket = junk? [Re: Drew99GT]
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Registered: 04/13/13
Posts: 2229
Loc: The Northeast
I remember hearing about Felpro having issues with certain Corolla gaskets.
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#4600627 - 12/11/17 11:42 AM Re: Napa/Felpro valve cover gasket = junk? [Re: Drew99GT]
Mr Nice Offline


Registered: 09/12/04
Posts: 21192
Loc: Orlando, FL
Maybe put some RTV silicone, that's what I do on our Hondas and I have zero leaks.

Did my RSX last year and no leaks.

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#4600642 - 12/11/17 12:05 PM Re: Napa/Felpro valve cover gasket = junk? [Re: Drew99GT]
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Registered: 01/25/13
Posts: 906
Loc: California
Fel-Pro gaskets have been questionable for me as far as longevity is concerned. I've had excellent luck with Victor/Reinz gaskets. Unfortunately Victor/Reinz gaskets are a little tough to obtain and are now Mahle.

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#4600649 - 12/11/17 12:13 PM Re: Napa/Felpro valve cover gasket = junk? [Re: Kool1]
P8bsgOy Offline


Registered: 12/08/17
Posts: 18
Loc: The Deep Swamp
Originally Posted By: Kool1
Fel-Pro gaskets have been questionable for me as far as longevity is concerned. I've had excellent luck with Victor/Reinz gaskets. Unfortunately Victor/Reinz gaskets are a little tough to obtain and are now Mahle.


Get them on EBay. They have everything. Might be a little old but you should not have issue finding the other brands there.

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#4600673 - 12/11/17 12:59 PM Re: Napa/Felpro valve cover gasket = junk? [Re: Drew99GT]
boom10ful Offline


Registered: 01/17/17
Posts: 128
Loc: California
I was pretty disappointed in Fel-Pro when I was replacing the water pump on my car. Their gasket was a cheap cardboard gasket that fell apart after torquing the bolts. I went to the dealer and bought an OEM metal gasket for $4 more.

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#4600856 - 12/11/17 04:31 PM Re: Napa/Felpro valve cover gasket = junk? [Re: Drew99GT]
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Registered: 03/20/08
Posts: 6155
Loc: USA
Rock Auto still has Mahle/Reinz gaskets smile

Get the Mahle/Victor Reinz, Beck/Arnley, or Magnum

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#4600934 - 12/11/17 06:11 PM Re: Napa/Felpro valve cover gasket = junk? [Re: boom10ful]
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Registered: 09/12/04
Posts: 21192
Loc: Orlando, FL
Originally Posted By: boom10ful
I was pretty disappointed in Fel-Pro when I was replacing the water pump on my car. Their gasket was a cheap cardboard gasket that fell apart after torquing the bolts. I went to the dealer and bought an OEM metal gasket for $4 more.


Something that important you have to use metal gasket.

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#4601023 - 12/11/17 08:05 PM Re: Napa/Felpro valve cover gasket = junk? [Re: Drew99GT]
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Registered: 04/24/15
Posts: 238
Loc: Georgia
I have a Fel-pro valve cover gasket and tube seals on my f23a accord. No leaks. I had OE Hondabond RTV gasket maker for the pan gasket that leaked at the dip on the transmission side. I replaced it with an after-market fel pro gasket and no more leaks.

Sometimes, it is all about application.
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#4601249 - 12/12/17 06:22 AM Re: Napa/Felpro valve cover gasket = junk? [Re: Drew99GT]
Lubener Offline


Registered: 01/22/11
Posts: 2576
Loc: N.Ohio
Originally Posted By: Drew99GT
Bought one for my Corolla as the one in the car was leaking pretty bad. The Napa Felpro unit was a little too short around the cam sprocket and distributor; it just didn't fit in the groove all the way, but Napa already closed, so I went ahead and installed it hoping it will seat correctly when tightened. Plus the book says to use a dab of RTV in the corners where the cam/distributor come out the head as they are 90 degree corners.

It seems EVERYTHING I buy automotive nowadays is absolute JUNK, even OEM stuff. I though Felpro was still decent...

Get a horse... Problem solved.
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#4601619 - 12/12/17 12:55 PM Re: Napa/Felpro valve cover gasket = junk? [Re: Drew99GT]
nthach Offline


Registered: 01/02/04
Posts: 3895
Loc: California
Fel-Pro can be hit or miss on Japanese cars, I insist on OEM gaskets for valve covers. On the flipside, I've installed a Fel-Pro valve cover gasket set on a Nissan Quest and it worked fine. I'm using Fel-Pro's plenum gaskets on my parent's current van and they fit and installed fine despite being made in China.

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#4601687 - 12/12/17 01:47 PM Re: Napa/Felpro valve cover gasket = junk? [Re: Drew99GT]
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Registered: 10/11/02
Posts: 22127
Loc: Colorado Springs
I ordered a Beck Arnley; from the pics, it looks OEM, maybe Aisin. Hopefully it works...

Car is acting like it has a vacuum leak; rough idle etc. I knew I shouldn't have put that [censored] on my car. mad


Edited by Drew99GT (12/12/17 01:48 PM)

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#4602043 - 12/12/17 07:47 PM Re: Napa/Felpro valve cover gasket = junk? [Re: Drew99GT]
miden851 Offline


Registered: 02/15/16
Posts: 433
Loc: GA
I used Felpro about 3 years back for the valve cover; after 3 years needs to be replaced; [censored] quality
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#4602061 - 12/12/17 07:54 PM Re: Napa/Felpro valve cover gasket = junk? [Re: Drew99GT]
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Registered: 06/03/05
Posts: 10988
Loc: Santa Barbara, CA
I think it is purely application specific. On a SBF the Fel-Pro one piece oil pan gasket is the bees knees. However for a head gasket Cometic MLS only.
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#4602500 - 12/13/17 11:20 AM Re: Napa/Felpro valve cover gasket = junk? [Re: Drew99GT]
ZebRuaj Offline


Registered: 10/14/16
Posts: 153
Loc: MN
I share the same sentiment. Used a Fel-Pro valve cover gasket on an 2003 Matrix with the 1.8. Even dabbed silicon on the spots where the service manual indicated to help. Still leaked.
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