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Napa/Felpro valve cover gasket = junk? #4600615
12/11/17 12:35 PM
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Drew99GT Offline OP
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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...

Re: Napa/Felpro valve cover gasket = junk? [Re: Drew99GT] #4600626
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I remember hearing about Felpro having issues with certain Corolla gaskets.


2018 Hyundai Elantra VE -- 4K
2013 Honda Pilot EX-L 4WD -- 56K
2002 Honda Accord EX-L -- 211K

Re: Napa/Felpro valve cover gasket = junk? [Re: Drew99GT] #4600627
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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.

Re: Napa/Felpro valve cover gasket = junk? [Re: Drew99GT] #4600642
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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.

Re: Napa/Felpro valve cover gasket = junk? [Re: Kool1] #4600649
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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.

Re: Napa/Felpro valve cover gasket = junk? [Re: Drew99GT] #4600673
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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.

Re: Napa/Felpro valve cover gasket = junk? [Re: Drew99GT] #4600856
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Rock Auto still has Mahle/Reinz gaskets smile

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

Re: Napa/Felpro valve cover gasket = junk? [Re: boom10ful] #4600934
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Mr Nice Offline
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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.

Re: Napa/Felpro valve cover gasket = junk? [Re: Drew99GT] #4601023
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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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Re: Napa/Felpro valve cover gasket = junk? [Re: Drew99GT] #4601249
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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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Re: Napa/Felpro valve cover gasket = junk? [Re: Drew99GT] #4601619
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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.

Re: Napa/Felpro valve cover gasket = junk? [Re: Drew99GT] #4601687
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Drew99GT Offline OP
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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

Last edited by Drew99GT; 12/12/17 02:48 PM.
Re: Napa/Felpro valve cover gasket = junk? [Re: Drew99GT] #4602043
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I used Felpro about 3 years back for the valve cover; after 3 years needs to be replaced; [censored] quality


2008 Mazda6i GT; @202K miles
2016 Honda CR-V EX-L; @33K miles
Re: Napa/Felpro valve cover gasket = junk? [Re: Drew99GT] #4602061
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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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Re: Napa/Felpro valve cover gasket = junk? [Re: Drew99GT] #4602500
12/13/17 12:20 PM
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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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