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Old 01-26-2010, 06:46 PM   #1
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what is the brand you guys like best? felpro-victor- other?
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fel pro is good stuff
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GM/FelPro/ZZP/Intense/Victor.. it'* literally all the same gasket.

I say go with the best cost.

The key here Irv is knowing if your car is charged or not. If it'* not you get a better price, charged usually costs a bit more. One thing to watch out for.. the FelPro kits frequently have grommets. You want the grommets. They help keep the proper torque/pressure on the gaskets.
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thanks guys! my 97 has 189000. .i preempted by replacing the intake
and fuel pump early and 2 water pumps. thats all. alt is still original. it
gets as good of maintenance as i can give and syn fluids.sure dont seem
like it wants to quit. its an sse. we have had an 03 sel sitting for 4 years this month waiting for a let down. hasnt happened yet. i used to be ford only till i bought
the 97 in 02.best car ive ever owned . i dont think the 03 is as good in many
ways.isnt even as comfotable.--irv
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GM/FelPro/ZZP/Intense/Victor.. it'* literally all the same gasket.

I say go with the best cost.

The key here Irv is knowing if your car is charged or not. If it'* not you get a better price, charged usually costs a bit more. One thing to watch out for.. the FelPro kits frequently have grommets. You want the grommets. They help keep the proper torque/pressure on the gaskets.
Just did UIM/LIM on the '95. Added in rings and sleeves on the injectors, valve cover gaskets, clean TB and sensors.

Did the hold-your-breath and turn the car over. I'm looking at the scanner... "thats good", "that'* good", "thats good, too". Then I looked up and there is smoke piling out at the front of the hood.

Engine oil on the front exhaust manifold. Twice I re-torque the valve cover. Still leaking. It'* now completely dark, and I call it quits. I'm madder than a balloon dog dropped in a pen of porcupines, .. everything works best it has in 2 years, and I can't get the stinkin' valve cover to stop haverin' oil all over the manifold.

Next day, i see it as plain as the *ss I was. One of the rubber grommets is bad, and the oil just spits out.

Yeah,... clean and carefully check the grommets. They aren't just for show.
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Charlie...I automatically replace them. If they aren't in the gasket box, they are low cost.
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