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Old 12-08-2012, 06:42 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Why Call Them Valve Covers?

Something I'd wondered about is the use of the term 'valve cover' in regard to the Ecotec on these groups.

My background is sports cars, not American cars, and pushrod engines have valve covers (or rocker covers) while overhead cam engines have cam covers (logical, no?).

Is the application of 'valve covers' to OHC engines an American thing? Does it perhaps come from the fact that the vast majority of domestic engines having traditionally been OHV?

Just curious. I've gotten used to it, but it is so completely out of synch with most of my other car enthusiast groups' terminology, I thought I'd just ask if anyone knew where it came from.
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Old 12-08-2012, 06:58 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Officially they are called cam covers. But to answer your question, tradition.

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Old 12-08-2012, 07:32 AM   #3 (permalink)
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That has always bugged me.........

My Solstice has a cam cover.


Also why do people say "The Department of Defense".........

But in football they say......... deeee-fense.

But does anyone say.... the Dept. of Deeeeee-fense???


Language is a funny thing........... or is that "thang"?
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Old 12-08-2012, 09:04 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Old 12-08-2012, 09:16 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I don't know what Rednecks you have been talking to, but my buddies don't talk like that.
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Old 12-08-2012, 09:26 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I don't know what Rednecks you have been talking to, but my buddies don't talk like that.
Same here.
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Old 12-08-2012, 09:36 AM   #7 (permalink)
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There's only one "o" in envelope. It's not an "onvelope"

There are two ways to spell one (won), three ways to spell two (too, to) but only one way to spell three.

Why is the U.S. agency in charge of everything outdoors called "the Department of the Interior"?

The number is "zero", yet when reciting a phone number most people call it "o".

So, yeah, it's lazy language. As others have pointed out, those who are technically proficient will call it a cam cover. Those with a casual familiarity fall back on "valve" or "rocker" cover.
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Old 12-08-2012, 09:46 AM   #8 (permalink)
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My guess: Valvetrain cover(We shorten words).......so......Valve cover. Now the valve's can be seen when the cover is removed so its not completely incorrect.
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Old 12-08-2012, 09:51 AM   #9 (permalink)
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From GM Parts Direct, for the Cover Gasket:

"12609291 - GASKET KI
GM PART # 12609291
CATEGORY: Engine Camshaft and Valve Cover Gasket
PACK QTY: 1
CORE CHARGE: $0.00



List Price: $30.96
Price: $17.99
You Save: $12.97 (42%)

DESCRIPTION: GASKET KI"

From My Local GM Service Department:

"Oil leak at back side of engine.
Verified Concern. Performed leak check and found Valve Cover Gasket is
leaking down. Recommended replacement.
R and R Valve Cover Gasket and De-greased. No other leaks found."

Sure seems like GM calls it a Valve Cover. Or at least they call the gasket that.
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Old 12-08-2012, 10:03 AM   #10 (permalink)
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While its covering the cams, it also covers the valves... So valve cover is not wrong.

Of course it also covers the block and all the engine internals....
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Old 12-08-2012, 10:25 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I think Tireshreder's red-necks are a tad bit Appalachian!

Yep....... sounds like Western N.C. to me!

And that's whur I came frum. Yes indeed. I shore did.


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Old 12-08-2012, 07:26 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Cover

When I 1st got my solstice,the tech was saying that you may hear a noise under the Valve Cover . I told him these are Overhaed Cams .I ask Why do you call it a V/C . He told me Thats what it has always been called . I needed a Camshaft Gasket for mine and that is what I ask for at the Parts Dept. That guy wrote it up that way. Some are use to Standard early V8 Engines .
Why did they call the Old Buick Engine a " Nail head " It didn't have any Nails in it . The Ford Flat-Heads Valves were in the Block.
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Old 12-09-2012, 12:35 AM   #13 (permalink)
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In some countries, they call the hood a bonnet and the trunk lid a boot. Shouldn't a windscreen have a bunch of tiny holes in it? I know a windshield doesn't. No "u" in color.
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Old 12-09-2012, 07:33 AM   #14 (permalink)
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When I 1st got my solstice,the tech was saying that you may hear a noise under the Valve Cover . I told him these are Overhaed Cams .I ask Why do you call it a V/C . He told me Thats what it has always been called .
Yeah, I think that's it - used to OHV engines and unwilling to change. Oddly though, in Britain they also had a long tradition of OHV engines, yet they used cam cover terminology quickly and consistently when they produced OHC engines, to set them apart as something different. They'd look at you like you didn't know what you were talking about if you asked for a valve cover gasket for a straight 6 Jag engine.

And yes, there are a number of different names used in Britain for various parts (bonnet, gudgeon pin etc.) but that's irrelevant to this question.
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Old 12-09-2012, 11:04 AM   #15 (permalink)
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If I went to the parts store I would ask for a valve cover gasket because thats a name for the part that is very easily recognized. It may not be the "correct" term, but at least I know I'll get the right part. If I asked for a cam cover gasket I may very well get a timing cover gasket or some nonsense ...this is also why I tend to look up the part I need online and just give the parts store the part number that I need.
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