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    Default R16 rocker cover spark plug tube seals.

    David C tells me the seals which sit around the spark plug tubes, under the rocker cover, are not available.
    which certainly doesnt stop oil leaking out!

    anyway, i have a solution which others may find useful.

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    *i found that Bunnings sells a variety of EPDM products ie the same thing O rings are made from
    *i used 9mm spongy EPDM tube, cut and glued into a circle with super glue
    *this works with the non spongy EPDM as well, for making O rings of any size.
    *i used these O rings instead of the worn out spark plug tube seals and it appears to be a/ completely successful and b/ very cheap.


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    I may have some . Will check on Monday. David

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    Nice solution, thanks for sharing.
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    Mecca Parts have them available for 12.26 euros each part no MP 1119 They are different in appearance to the original.
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    haha well in that case you can save yourself EUR 12.20 and the postage!
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    Default EPDM is not suitable to use with Motor Oil

    Sorry Guys,
    EPDM is not suitable to use with Motor Oil

    It will dissolve and get transferred through out engine
    The best seals are Viton Rubber

    Take it out ASAP
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    Viton is the best because of its high temperature tolerance, but nitrile is good as well as far as organic compounds are concerned, i.e. it will not dissolve in oil, etc. The temperature (outside its range) will kill it eventually. Nitrile is of course cheaper.

    This is something to consider when choosing oil seals as well. You can get most oil seals (camshaft, crankshaft, etc) in normal compounds, and they'll be cheaper, but Viton won't (or not much). And sometimes you can only get Viton in OEM parts. Just check when choosing stuff so you don't have to take the gearbox off again after 200km because you used the wrong rear main seal material.
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    Meca parts have the correct seal MP 0338.1 for 2.35 Euro each. It is one of their "NEW" parts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by driven View Post
    Sorry Guys,
    EPDM is not suitable to use with Motor Oil

    It will dissolve and get transferred through out engine
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    since these posts i have had a piece of EPDM soaking in a jar of motor oil.
    it hasnt dissolved, or obviously changed in its consistency in any way.

    heat and used motor oil might make a difference, but as the car hasnt been used in the interim, i cant report on that as yet.
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