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    2016 RT valve cover leak

    Valve cover gasket leak 2016 RTW, new gasket torqued 10nm, still leaking.

    ideas?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rickrlau View Post
    Valve cover gasket leak 2016 RTW, new gasket torqued 10nm, still leaking.

    ideas?
    Did it start leaking out of nowhere or immediately following a service?

    My suggestion would be to:

    1. Remove the valve cover and gasket.
    2. Clean the gasket thoroughly by wiping all oil off of it. Inspect the gasket for damage.
    3. Clean the mating surface of the valve cover and engine casing by wiping all oil off of it.
    4. Seat the gasket carefully onto one surface (probably the valve cover itself) and then fit the valve cover with gasket in place
    5. Torque down the valve cover to spec.



    If this doesn't do it, or if the gasket is damaged, you need a new one.
    2016 R1200RT
    2007 KTM 450 XC-W (10/17 - 5/18)
    2005 R1200RT (2/2015 - 12/2016)
    1985 Yamaha XJ 700 Maxim (7/1989 - 9/1991)

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    Thanks for the reply.
    The problem showed after valve check maintenance.
    When replacing the cover I wasn't particularly concerned about oil on the gasket, though both it and the mating surface did get a wipe.
    I'll take care to get things cleaned up when re-installing
    Thanks

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    Don't forget to check the center gasket.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    Don't forget to check the center gasket.
    Yes that darn spark plug gasket will bite you in the rump if your not careful. Good advice.
    The above is worth what you paid for it..........
    Lee 2017.5 R 1200 GSW

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    Quote Originally Posted by LFarling View Post
    Yes that darn spark plug gasket will bite you in the rump if your not careful. Good advice.
    If will fit either way but only one way is correct.
    Frank
    '17 R1200RS, '03 R1100S BCR#6/200, '85 K100/1100RS, '16 R1200RS (gone) '11 R1200RT (gone) '05 R1200ST (gone) '99 R1100S (gone) '96 Ducati 900SS/SP (gone) '92 K100RS (gone) 500,000+ BMW miles

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    Good Advise

    Reinstalled the valve cover and spark plug tunnel gasket after careful cleaning of gasket and mating surface.
    Results perfect.
    Thanks for the info.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rickrlau View Post
    Reinstalled the valve cover and spark plug tunnel gasket after careful cleaning of gasket and mating surface.
    Results perfect.
    Thanks for the info.
    Great news.

    Thanks you for the follow up.
    The above is worth what you paid for it..........
    Lee 2017.5 R 1200 GSW

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    Valve Cover leaks

    Quote Originally Posted by rickrlau View Post
    Reinstalled the valve cover and spark plug tunnel gasket after careful cleaning of gasket and mating surface.
    Results perfect.
    Thanks for the info.
    There are two or three pin holes that posts in the gaskets fit into. Before installation of the gasket those holes need to be wiped clean as well. Just wad up a rag or some paper towels. I too did what you did when I first started doing boxer maintenance. I also thought it was a leak. Kind of like a right of passage.
    David Nicholls
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    2015 R1200GSA-LC

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