Gotcha. I ordered a valve cover gasket kit from German Auto parts. So it will come with the valley seal? I forgot the cam tensioner gasket so I am going to swing by the dealer to pick that up today. I have the #3366 tool as well.
So I should put the valve cover gasket on dry? What does the Bentley recommend?
Can I substitute Permatex black or something like that? I can't justify paying $60 for the Audi sealant, lol, especially if it leaks!!!
I generally stick with the factory sealant or Wurth. The valve cover gasket set should come with the gasket that fits around the sprak plug gallies in the head as well as the one that fits around the perimeter.
The cam tensioner gasket set should come with a metal gasket and the half-moon seal. I'm not close to my manual, but generally I degrease the contact areas for the tensioner completely. The gasket seems to work best with a very light coating of sealant on the hatched areas, corners of the VCG, corners of metal gasket, top & edges of half moon seal. You might see if you can obtain the torque spec for those bolts as its quite small and over torqing the bolts can cause leaks.
a little Permatex black on the verticals + cam tensioner gasket
My 1.8T valve cover kit came with the inner and outer gaskets. The outer one is a complete piece with a half-moon molded into it in one location. It looks like all I am missing is the cam tensioner gasket.
I'll use a little Permatex black on the verticals, but that is about it. I am not going to spend $60 on an oem sealant that leaks after 60k. What is that worth?
It really seems like you should do all of the gaskets at once. I am doing them all now as I have the whole front off the car to do the timing belt. My car has 83k. The gaskets are weeping and they look messy, so it is time to do them, but they don't drip oil.
When I go to replace the cam tensioner gasket, I put the engine at TDC, then I have to use the #3366 tool to lift the chain tensioner? I am a bit confused about that part, though I haven't popped the cover off yet to look at it. From what I have read so far, it seems as though I can lift the cams just enough to carefully get the old gasket out with a small pick. Does anyone have any pictures or a better description of this? Do I have to loosen the cams in order to lift them?
Your supposed to, but some people cheat and just slide a new gasket in. I'm not a big fan of that route. I tend to do the following, this way everything is done in one fell swoop:
-valve cover gasket set and cam temsioner set
-cam caps and seals(including the position sensor seal.)
-crank case breather hose/0-rings
To lift the cams, you'll need to loosen/remove the bearing caps. These will then need to be retorqued to spec in the factory procedure. I can not stress this enough, you should really get your hands on a copy of the factory manual. I don't want to be an alarmist, but there are a number of places within this above mentioned procedure where one can get themselves into alot of trouble. Its also worth noting that tool #3366(see pic) should not be screwed down too much or it can damage the tensioner.
I am going to see how much space I can get with just the #3366 tool. If I can get enough to remove the old gasket and clean it properly, I will go that route. Otherwise I will have to go by the book and I really don't want to start messing with removing the cams.