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Old 12-11-2009, 10:55 PM
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So today i was changin out my cylinder head gaskets, fairly easy job, EXCEPT when i took the valve cover off, and begun to clean it. First i used engine degreaser to remove the oil from the lid, then i used a paint stripper to remove the chipping ugly black paint from the top....

Then it i noticed it was eating into the metal of the valve cover and now there are hairline surface cracks and bumps, as i looked at the can of paint stripper it says "NOT FOR USE WITH ALUMINUM", so did i just ruin my cover?, i installed it back on with the new gaskets and its been running fine, just worried that i have compromised the strength of it....

btw, the stuid ass paint stripper can said "for use will ALL metals" on the front, so wtf? lol

And is the cover made of steel or aluminum? and should i be worried.

I also broke a bolt in half, when putting the cover back on [ probably due to it being -5 outside ], but ive had no leaks from it so far... but a new bolt would be a good idea...
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So today i was changin out my cylinder head gaskets, fairly easy job, EXCEPT when i took the valve cover off, and begun to clean it. First i used engine degreaser to remove the oil from the lid, then i used a paint stripper to remove the chipping ugly black paint from the top....

Then it i noticed it was eating into the metal of the valve cover and now there are hairline surface cracks and bumps, as i looked at the can of paint stripper it says "NOT FOR USE WITH ALUMINUM", so did i just ruin my cover?, i installed it back on with the new gaskets and its been running fine, just worried that i have compromised the strength of it....

im thinking as long as you didnt melt through it, and cracks didnt go all the way through it you should be fine, hopedfully someone confirms that for me

btw, the stuid ass paint stripper can said "for use will ALL metals" on the front, so wtf? lol
what kind of paint stripper is it? ive use the aircraft remover stuff multiple times with no problems

And is the cover made of steel or aluminum? and should i be worried.

yes, they are made out of aluminum

I also broke a bolt in half, when putting the cover back on [ probably due to it being -5 outside ], but ive had no leaks from it so far... but a new bolt would be a good idea...

ok.....dont know if youre asking a question or not. but id get EZ outs and get the rest of that stud out and replace it
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