Malleable material used to seal two harder pieces of material. Can be made of (but not limited to) rubber, cork, paper, soft metal, or sandwiched layers of metal. Can also be found as a liquid which seals as it cures.

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Do valve cover gaskets need to be replaced every time you reopen the valve cover?

About two weeks ago, I replaced my cork/rubber valve cover gaskets on my 84 2.8L V6 Ranger since the old ones were leaking pretty badly. I forgot to adjust the valves when I did the gaskets, and now ...
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Gasket sealant with exhaust manifold

I am about to reinstall my exhaust manifold on a V6 Tacoma and I was contemplating the need for gasket sealant. When the old one came off, it didn't look like it had any sealant so my guess is no. ...
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When to Use a Sleeve 'N' Seal?

A Sleeve N Seal is a thin-walled metal ring ~1" deep with an accompanying tube of "seal". It comes with some timing cover gasket sets. To install it, you heat the ring up in the oven on 500 degrees ...
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Oil leaks after oil change - shop says engine oil pan gasket needs to be replaced

I brought my 2000 Honda Civic to my local Castrol shop for an oil change. After leaving for work the next day my wife told me there was a three foot wide pool of oil where my car was. I moved my car ...
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Can a Bad Valve Cover Gasket Cause Oil to be Burned?

I read here that a bad valve cover gasket can cause low engine pressure which will cause oil to be burnt. Is this true? Exactly how would that work?
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blue devil head gasket sealer

I used blue devil head gasket sealer and so far have a good result. I am currently driving the vehicle with just water and the sealer in system. It's running cool and it's not using any water. My ...
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Burning smell when getting out of the car

I sense a burning smell when getting out of the car (Nissan Maxima 02 V6). I am pretty sure it is an oil leak from somewhere based on the odor, but not sure where else to look for. The smell was ...
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What factors are considered when deciding on gasket material?

Automotive gaskets come in many materials, shapes and sizes and find application in many places. I'm curious to learn more about why manufacturers use certain materials for certain applications. I ...
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Did the mechanic damage our car?

I purchased a 125k mile 2005 Toyota Camry in good condition and with a good service history about 5 months ago. It was due for its second oil change since we've owned it so my wife took it in to a ...
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Can I use high temp RTV instead of a gasket?

I read somewhere that I can use RTV silicone instead of a regular rubber gasket as an engine seal. Is this feasible?
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What material should I look for in an oil drain plug gasket?

I've recently purchased my first car (2004 Subaru Legacy), and though I sent it to the shop soon afterward for routine maintenance, I want to learn and do as much as possible myself. 3,000 miles have ...
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Likelihood of rear crankshaft seal failure

Potentially buying a 99' Nissan Maxima from some friends. It has 160k miles on it and they are looking to get the "good" private party value from KBB for the car. The car is a manual, if that makes a ...
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Repair broken headlight mounting bracket 2007 Toyota Tacoma

I have recently hit a deer and it broke the top two brackets that are holding the headlight in place. The brackets are actually plastic and are integrated (plastic welded?) into the light housing. ...