My valve cover is leaking and there isn't much I can do about it. The stud that tightens the rearmost part of the cover (driver's side) can't be tightened because some previous dumb-ass threaded the hole. SOOOO, I can't torque it down at all.
Any suggestions how I can fix this? Right now I'm just making sure that there's always enough oil in the motor, and I'm trying to go about this without having to replace the head.
Is there any sort of gasket sealant I can use that will at least form some sort of bond on the outside that won't harm the oil inside?
Can I get someone to re-thread the bolt hole? How much money is this sort of procedure?
Call an auto machine shop. It will probably only cost you about $25-35 for the guy to do it. And, to test the guy's qualifications, if he says he will use a "Helicoil" go elsewhere. There are better insert-thread products.