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Old 06-08-2013, 12:30 AM   #1
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Cool DIY - Fixing a cracked engine cover (?)

Okay guys so I had a look under my hood the other day and noticed that my plastic engine cover (is there a real name for this guy?) was cracked. So naturally I ran out to Home Depot and got some sticky stuff to fix it up all nice.

Here goes.

You can see the crack here where the oil cap screws in.

To take the cover off you need to remove that cap and unscrew the bolts holding the cover on.

Here is the epoxy I used to hold the two cracked sides together.

I had to mix the two substances together and quickly apply them to the plastic of the cover. And when I say quickly I mean there's no ****ing time to waste here folks. I used a stick i found to mix the epoxy and apply it. Then I just held the two pieces together for about 4 minutes. Just long enough for it to hold itself together. After 10 minutes of sitting, I put it back on the engine.

Voila. That's how you put plastic back together. Also this was my first DIY so take it easy on me guys. I hope this was somewhat helpful.

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Old 06-11-2013, 11:27 AM   #2
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Since the crack is still visible, what exactly does this fix? Was the cracked cover making noise?
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cover, crack, engine, plastic, valve cover

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