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Old 10-19-2013, 02:35 PM
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dorman valve cover gasket

Has anyone used the dorman oe solutions valve cover gasket from O'Reilly auto parts? I see it comes with the under valve cover harness for 64.99. I need to do blowouts and for that price I thought it may be worth it to know im gonna have good harnesses in there instead of finding a bad harness and waiting days for a new one. Also it's only dollars more expensive than the motorcraft gasket.

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Old 10-19-2013, 02:40 PM
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i used dormans but i got them from rock auto. i think the big thing is that the wires are copper and not aluminum
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i am operating on a really tight budget so i was thinking about going with that. and i do see they have a warranty. i was just curious if they where known to be decent or junk or just basically what the word is about them.
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I changed my valve cover gaskets (dorman) and the under valve cover harness along with the glow plugs in late summer 2011. I got it all from Rock Auto.......no issues. I would shop around since cash is tight, Rock Auto used to beat my part stores hands down to include shipping but lately seems like they don"t save you much, if anything at all.
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It can be hit or miss with them. I used them on my 94, but I prefer the factory gaskets and UVCHs. If it's all you can afford, go for it. The issues that sometines pop up are sometimes mis-wired UVCHs (wires swapped in the connector) and one guy mentioned that his connection at the gasket would go intermittent as the valvecover gasket was torqued down. Cheers!
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I recently installed a DORMAN valve cover gasket that I bought at O'Reilly's. I'd heard about the hit-and-miss quality control, but I meter'd out each connection as well as the pigtails and they were OK.
I've only had it in for about a month, but no problems so far. Replacing them is a fairly easy job - driver's side a bit tougher - so I'm not too worried if it craps out in 6 months or so.
As for the connections and pigtails, I soldered and heat-shrunk them, as per advice I got here.
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