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Old 04-13-2014, 10:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ticking Sound After Valve Gasket Replacement

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Recently I'd replaced the valve cover gasket on my 94 Civic VX and spark plug seals, due to the fact that cylinder 1 was partially filled with oil. Now, it would appear that I am getting a moderately loud ticking sound from underneath the valve cover. I'm not getting any check engine lights and the car appears to turn over without struggle.

The rear end however is raised up on jack stands due to the fact that I'm now changing the rear brakes....I don't think that would contribute to anything; but I'd just thought I would put that out there.

Also, I'd like to mention that the new gasket applied with black RTV sat for over 24hrs. with everything tightened down in sequence on the valve cover. However; I should probably mention that I did not use a torque wrench and in writing this, I'm starting to think the bolts might be loose, or maybe it's something sticking within the cylinder head.

Any insight would be helpful...Thank you all.

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I don't think a simple gasket replacement would cause this issue. But it's possible something was dropped into the head. The torque of the VC bolts isn't critical if you are not getting leaks, it's probably not an issue (i've never used a torque wrench on them). Could it be that you just now noticed the ticking while working in that area?

I would level out the car, check the oil level, and try it again. If it doesn't go away grab your feeler gauges, a service manual, and inspect the valve adjustments.
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I don't think a simple gasket replacement would cause this issue. But it's possible something was dropped into the head. The torque of the VC bolts isn't critical if you are not getting leaks, it's probably not an issue (i've never used a torque wrench on them). Could it be that you just now noticed the ticking while working in that area?

I would level out the car, check the oil level, and try it again. If it doesn't go away grab your feeler gauges, a service manual, and inspect the valve adjustments.
No I was meticulous with regards to preventing anything from dropping into the head; but now that you mention it, I probably could use a good oil change and at most, a valve adjustment. Like you've suggested, I will level out the car and run some new oil first. If that doesn't work, I will then do the valve adjustment.

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