Review of the best according to the editorial board. On the selection criteria. This material is subjective and does not constitute advertising and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.
The cylinder head contains a gas distribution mechanism with valves, which ensures the flow of fresh air into the cylinders and the outflow of exhaust gases. Since the valve journals are spray lubricated, a valve cover with a gasket is provided on top. The role of the latter is to prevent lubricant leaks and maintain the desired oil level in the internal combustion engine. When adjusting valves, repairing the cylinder head or detecting a leak, a seal replacement is assigned. Our rating of the best manufacturers of valve cover gaskets will help you choose the best product for characteristics, assortment and reviews.
Rating of the best manufacturers of valve cover gaskets
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In the first place in the rating of the best manufacturers, the German concern Elring GmbH, which was founded in 1879 and specialized in the production of technical seals for cars. The headquarters of the concern was located in Stuttgart, but soon a second production hall was opened in Vienna. Already in 1983, a plant was operating in South Africa (Johannesburg). In 1990, the manufacturer underwent a merger with the Korean company Jeil Elring Co, which made it possible to expand the sales market and exchange the accumulated technologies.
The advantage of the concern, because of which we included it in the rating, is that since 1994 it has been merged with the Richard Klinger automobile plant, therefore testing of gaskets for the valve cover and other seals is carried out not only in the laboratory, but in the process of servicing the cars sold. Designers can see the degree of crushing, resistance to high temperatures and the elasticity of the materials used – this data comes from numerous service centers. This allows you to analyze the formula of a substance and achieve better results.
- dimensions exactly match the seats;
- each package indicates not only the car model, but also the year of manufacture from which it will fit;
- German production with strict quality control;
- there are gaskets for valve covers of the old and new designs for different brands of cars.
- high price;
- no product for Lanos 1.6 with plastic cover.
The second position of the rating is given to the manufacturer with German-American 'roots'. The company was formed through the merger of Reinz and Victor. In 1993, the company was acquired by the American corporation Dana, as a result of which the manufacturer became one of the largest in the world in terms of production of automotive seals. The gaskets are manufactured in 90 factories in 25 countries. This simplifies logistics and helps maintain a consistent cost. Basically, the range of gaskets was aimed at meeting the needs of the European market, but recently the company began to produce goods for American cars. If you brought a car from the USA, then you will surely find a gasket for the valve cover of this particular company.
In our opinion, the manufacturer deserves a place in the rating due to the longest product life. They do not leak and always 'live up' to a planned replacement. Judging by the reviews of car owners, these seals look decent when the valve cover is removed during repairs, so many people decide not to change them. If you need a durable reliable option, then pay attention to the products of this manufacturer.
- clear compliance with the size;
- does not squeeze out when the cover is pulled together;
- good packing;
- small percentage of marriage;
- the gasket can be matched to any vehicle.
- high price;
- a lot of fakes.
The German manufacturer Stellox entered the top three in the rating. Его владелец — ATH&GmbH. It has its own industrial facilities and at the same time packages and markets goods of other brands. The headquarters is located in Germany in Bielefeld. Valve cover gaskets and other products are manufactured in ten countries on three continents. The manufacturer voluntarily undergoes certification of goods in the international centers of Great Britain, Germany, Switzerland. The developers follow the development of trends in the field of motor engineering and are trying to prepare a range of gaskets for engines of all generations for different brands of cars. Buyers share in reviews that the seal for any ICE model is very easy to get even in a small town.
We have added the manufacturer to the rating of the best due to the high level of quality. Valve cover gaskets and other brand materials are produced at the same manufacturing sites as original consumables for brands such as: Volvo, Chrysler, VW, Audi, Mazda. Factory conveyor quality guarantees long-term operation of the auto-laying despite the high temperature of the internal combustion engine and constant vibrations.
- a large assortment;
- consistent quality;
- there are warehouses in Moscow and Minsk;
- TUV, ISO, BVQI certificates.
- counterfeits come across;
- there are errors with product codes, which is why gaskets come to other valve covers.
We placed the domestic company Pekar fourth in the ranking of the best manufacturers. It positions its sealing products as being maximally adapted to Russian operating conditions. This includes: weather conditions, technical fluids used during maintenance and repair, types of engines, features of domestic repair. Some Russian enterprises, such as the Ulyanovsk Motor Plant, enter into direct contracts for the supply of valve cover gaskets and other goods for their power plants.
We included the manufacturer in the rating due to the wide range of gaskets for domestic cars. Sometimes in the catalog of import companies it is difficult to find car gaskets for VAZ, GAZ, UAZ, IZH, but there is a wide selection here. In addition to products for passenger cars, the manufacturer produces valve cover gaskets for trucks: MAZ, ZIL, PAZ, LIAZ, KamAZ, URAL. The price especially pleases car owners in the reviews.
- there are car pads for trucks and cars;
- affordable price;
- modern production technologies are used;
- direct cooperation with car factories.
- the thickness of the elastic bands is less than imported analogs;
- difficult to find for a foreign car.
The American manufacturer General Motors concludes our rating. The company was founded in 1908 and is the largest in the world after Toyota and Volkswagen in the production of cars. Rich experience in mechanical engineering allows the company to produce high-quality consumables, including valve cover gaskets. In addition to the production of its own engines and components for them (Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, Cadillac, Saturn, GEO), the company is actively involved in the development of European internal combustion engines for brands Fiat , Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Lancia. This contributed to an even greater expansion of the product range. For a long time, GM owned a Korean company Daewoo, so there were many gaskets for this brand among the products, and part of the production was directly carried out in Korea. After the abolition of the brand, the factories for the production of components remained in operation.
The manufacturer is placed in the last place in the rating, not because of poor quality, but because of the high cost. Not everyone decides to buy a valve cover gasket (and in fact a rubber frame with holes) for 1,700 rubles. But if you purchase this product and install it correctly, then the seal will serve until the next valve adjustment is guaranteed.
- long service life;
- there are models for all car brands;
- applying a hologram to the package;
- rubber products are vacuum sealed to prevent drying out during storage.
- there are a lot of fakes that cannot be distinguished;
- high price;
- some of the products are manufactured in Korea;
- if the bolts are overtightened, the gasket will flatten and oil will begin to flow into the spark plug wells.
Attention! This rating is subjective and does not constitute an advertisement and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.