Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: The Little Apple
Patience patience patience. 1st make sure the new bolts you buy fit and thread without problems. Buy an inch-lb torque wrench and a decent set of long allen sockets from Harbor Freight - about $30 total if I remember correctly. Put black RTV on the cover, then place the new gasket on it and let it sit for 15-30min making sure all the holes are aligned. Put black RTV on the head and place the cover/gasket on it gently. Tighten the new bolts to finger tight and allow that to sit for 4 hours. Drink a few beers, watch the news. After 4 hours, come back and tighten to half whatever the torque specs were in a pattern radiating from the center out to the end bolts. Let that sit overnight. In the morning, torque to full specs in the same radiating pattern. Check the torque daily after driving for a week or so, then again in another week.
Basically, you never want to rush RTV sealant, or else it'll leak again. Oil will mix with the sealant and then find it's way out everywhere.