Fel-Pro Molded-rubber Gaskets Available for Oil Pans, Valve Covers

Fel-Pro’s new molded-rubber PermaDryPlus gasket line for valve covers and oil pans is designed for ease of installation and reliable sealing, even with multiple cycles on and off the engine.

“We use an in-house developed rubber compound,” says Fel-Pro’s Ron Rotunno. “It’s also resistant to caustic fluids.”

Fel-Pro has silicone rubber gaskets in both rigid-carrier and press-to-fit designs.

Fel-Pro valve-cover gaskets feature a rigid carrier made of aluminized steel or composite to resist high heat and vacuum. The silicone rubber sealing beads are precision edge-molded to compensate for surface irregularities. Other features include built-in torque limiters to help prevent over-tightening and over-compression of the gasket; locating tabs to assure proper alignment; and bolt-hole locks to help reduce installation time.

“The thicker material offers the added benefit of additional clearance for rocker arms,” adds Rotunno.

The rigid-carrier gaskets feature torque limiters and silicone rubber sealing beads. Water-outlet gaskets are also available.

Fel-Pro also makes a series of press-to-fit valve cover molded-rubber with many of same innovations as the rigid-carrier line.

The PermaDryPlus line of oil pan gaskets feature 1-piece construction and rigid carrier for improved alignment and fit. The pan gaskets come with snapups to hold the gasket in place for quicker installation.

Note the precision edge-molded sealing beads.

“These gaskets should be installed dry, no RTV,” reminds Rotunno. “For the oil pan gaskets, you can apply just a small dab of RTV in the corners because the pans aren’t always square to the block.”

The PermaDryPlus line continues with a line of rigid carrier gaskets for water outlets and can help seal slightly warped or corroded thermostat housings. These gaskets feature the same construction designs and silicone rubber sealing beads.

All Fel-Pro gaskets are designed and manufactured in Skokie, Illinois. Applications range from OEM replacement to high-end engines for drag racing and stock cars.

Finally, check out the video below for more on the history of Fel-Pro gaskets. Did you know Fel-Pro started out manufacturing felt products, like horse blankets?

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Mike Magda

Mike Magda is a veteran automotive writer with credits in publications such as Racecar Engineering, Hot Rod, Engine Technology International, Motor Trend, Automobile, Automotive Testing Technology and Professional Motorsport World. He was the editor of four national automotive magazines, including Chevy High Performance, and has authored hundreds of automotive technical briefings. In covering nearly every type of motorsport, Mike has collaborated with many of racing's top engine builders and factory engineers.
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