Originally Posted by kparrent
Easy repair. The front of the block and starter and everything else in the area is coated in oil. Could this all be from the valve cover leak or is there another spot it could be leaking from? They sold me two gaskets in the pack. I'm assuming there was no real real reason to that.
Yup, that would do it. My valve cover gaskets used to do the same thing. Some careful time spent with a hose and some degreaser will clean off a good portion of it.
Valve cover gaskets are always sold in pairs, because you have one in the back of the engine, too. That one is much more of a challenge, because you've got some brackets and perhaps an alternator to remove; arguably, it'* more important, since oil can leak from there, land on the hot exhaust manifolds, and start an engine fire. (There was a GM TSB about this happening during hard braking, can't remember which years.)