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2 of the 15 bolts connecting the valve cover will not

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2 of the 15...

2 of the 15 bolts connecting the valve cover will not tighten. Could the threads in the bolt holes be stripped and if so, what is the best path for repair?

Mechanic's Assistant: How many miles are on the car? Have you noticed any leaks lately?

263000

Mechanic's Assistant: What is the model of your '15 Chevy?

Oil is leaking. It is a 2012 Chevy Cruze Eco

Mechanic's Assistant: Are you fixing your Cruze Eco yourself? What have you tried so far?

Replaced the valve cover as the car was idling rough. Car is running smoothly, but leaking oil through the 2 bolts that will not tighten.

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Chevy Mechanic: Ron, ASE Certified Technician replied 7 months ago

You have two options if the bolts threads are stripped, one would be to drill the hole out to the next size bolt and retread the hole with a tap or drill the hole out and install a thread repair insert for the original size bolt.

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