Valve cover gasket seal
So, I was getting a leak from the front valve cover (thank goodness it wasn't the back cover...) and I replaced the gasket. Easy job, not counting the 45 minutes it took to thoroughly clean the gasket track and the mating surface on the head... I torqued it down gently but snug (my son-in-law has my torque wrench... ) and it still leaks! Not as much, but still getting a little oil on the header. I didn't use any gasket goo... So then I torqued it down tightly, which I didn't want to do, given that the valve covers are plastic.. but it still leaks a little. I have another valve cover gasket since I didn't replace the rear one (if it ain't broke etc.). But I've never had a gasket like this--always cork or rubber, not this nylon thing with a track.. is there something I'm missing here?
Other than that this $500 SSEi is coming along nicely. I fixed the water leaks around the doors (just adjusted the doors tighter!) and installed new carpet pad and put the old carpet (cleaned and deodorized) back in. My code with the PRNDL switch didn't pop up again when I tightened the console back down the way it'* supposed to be... It'* amazing how much quiter it is with pad and carpet back in.
Anyway, any thoughts on this valve cover gasket issue?