So, my 2003 Accent has a plastic valve cover. It seemed like the gasket
around the valve cover was leaking, so I went ahead and replaced it with
a new one. When I was putting the cover back on again, I first made all
the bolts semi-tight, then I began to torque them down, working from the
middle to the outside. They only needed to be tightened to 6-7 ft-lbs.
But, it cracked when I was torquing down the first one (with a torque
I mean, I think I did everything right. I guess plastic that's been heat-
cycled on an engine for 13 years gets brittle after awhile. I ended up
getting a $80 replacement on Amazon, and it's all together again. I feel
a little displeased at the cheapness of this car's design I guess. But
what can you expect from an inexpensive car?
Anyway, just for everyone's information.
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