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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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Cascading Repair Costs following Blown Head Gasket on a 2004 Subaru Outback

This question concerns a 2004 Subaru Outback with ~167,000 miles. All major and minor maintenance was performed (original owner car). Nonetheless, it has suffered rapid demise. How much of the ...
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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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Should I get 2nd Opinion on head gasket issue?

My daughter's car had a check engine light on and was overheating. We had it towed to a mechanic and he did the block test with the vapors. The mechanic said the blue stuff turned yellow immediately ...
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Preventing debris from falling in engine while changing valve cover gasket

I am about to change the valve cover gasket on a 2002 Ford Focus SE Wagon with the DOHC Zetec engine. I have never done this kind of thing before, and although it seems simple, I am concerned after ...
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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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How to test for a leak in the exhaust manifold gasket?

I suspect that my 1999 Volvo V40 T4 has a leaky exhaust manifold gasket. In winter there used to be some odd faint whistling while the engine was cold and now I'm trying to find the reason of a ...
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How to Remove Baked On Gaskets

I removed a throttle body which had a brittle, baked on gasket, part of which adhered to the intake manifold and part of which adhered to the throttle body. How do I get the baked on parts of the ...
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Car can't start after rocker gasket change

I have a 2008 BMW 120d LCI with N47 engine. Recently was diagnosed with some oil leak on the rocker gasket near the injector area. Were advised to change the rocker gasket seals. So I did change the ...
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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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Should a sealant be used, or not, when replacing a molded rubber valve cover gasket?

I did search for this, and there are some oblique references to the sealant, but the full answer has come up that I can find. The car is a 1998 Toyota Camry-XLE, 6 cylinder (1MZ-FE) engine with about ...
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Oil leaking into spark plug well despite new gaskets -- is RTV a solution?

I replaced my valve cover gasket and the spark plug well sealer gaskets on my 2004 Mitsubishi Lancer recently because of an oil leak. The previous owner (or his mechanic) had over-tightened the bolts ...
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Should I use both gasket and silicone sealer or only one on thermostat?

Sorry If this is a stupid question but I'm a noob with mechanic work. I am replacing the thermostat on my 98 Nissan 200SX. I bought both a gasket and blue rtv silicone made to make or seal your own ...
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Is it unreasonable to expect nation chain mechanics to recognize a blown head gasket from a radiator problem before installing new radiator?

PepBoys replaced my radiator a week ago exactly, because it blew a hose a week before. It also had the following symptoms:. *spewing white smoke and fluid out the tail pipe. *radiator losing all its ...
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Installing a new water pump - what to do about the gasket?

I'm replacing the water pump on a 1996 Toyota Tacoma, 2WD 4 cylinder. One of the videos I watched mentioned using gasket sealant when installing the new pump. I asked autozone for gasket sealant, but ...
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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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What all do I need to buy when installing new transmission and torque converter

I'm installing a rebuilt automatic transmission in my 1992 Chevy Silverado 1500 extended cab two wheel drive. What all should I buy at the parts store besides transmission fluid , pan gasket and new ...
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Fixing a gasket oil/transmission fluid leak with epoxy glue - possible reaction with oil?

I'm in Sierra Leone where mechanics have an impressive flair for improvising with limited resources, but a lack of formal training and a cavalier attitude to long term safety. I've had a transmission ...
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Water underneath floor carpet - Mazda Protégé 2002

I just bought a Mazda Protégé 2002 and a few weeks later I noticed a damp spot on the back passenger side floor. Very wet and soaked. Later I noticed the smell grew larger and the vapor on the glass ...
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Reusing a Metal Water Pump Gasket

I'm going to put my new water pump on my 98 Mazda 626 today and I'm strongly considering reusing the OEM metal gasket instead of the material gasket that came with the new water pump. I'm pretty sure ...
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Rubber gasket maker on rocker cover

After recently taking my car to have a new rocker cover gasket fitted as it was badly leaking I noticed the guy who did it put a ton of gasket maker on the rocker cover when he sealed it, heavens ...
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Alternative to seal strips for crankshaft rear-end bearing cap/seal plate?

My engine uses a seal strip in the crankshaft's rear end bearing cap, which also holds the seal plate. But I don't have access to such seal strips...can I just use silicon gasket maker? Or wouldn't be ...
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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 I'...
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Can I replace my TR7 carb mounting rubbers with nylon?

Recently, an air leak introduced itself in my Triumph TR7. After some playing with soap and propane, I found out the leak was from the rubber carburetor (SU HS6) mounting plate. As with many things on ...
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Does water around a gasket imply an exhaust leak

Earlier, I asked this question: Could this be the source of an exhaust leak. I found a crack in the manifold, but in addition to that, when I started the car after it hasn't been started in a while, I ...
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'05 Peugeot 307: Oil in the Coolant

I have a 2005 Peugeot 307 hatchback. Back in May, the head gasket blew so I had it replaced. When the head gasket blew, oil was leaking out and the coolant became very gungy. This gunge was cleared ...
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Formula For Homebrew Gasket Remover

I looked around many shops in my area, and pretty much no one even knew what gasket removing compound was. Are there any effective homebrew formulas for making gasket remover / softener? I found the ...
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Can you retighten timing chain cover without redoing RTV?

I'm working on the timing chain cover for my 2002 Ford Escape.. Here is the bolt pattern (each goes to 18 ft lbs). I will refer to each bolt by its position in the bolt pattern. I need to take off ...
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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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Will any Gasket Work on a Ford L4 Engine?

I want to know would any Ford L4 Gasket work on any Ford L4 Engine? Are The parts interchangeable or do different L4 Ford Engines have different variation and if so how many ? Also just as a side ...
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Tell tale signs of a valve cover leak?

Car: 2008 Audi S5 4.2L I found an oil leak at the bottom of my car near the engine/trans, which lead me to believe the rear main seal. However, one mechanic told me it was the timing cover gasket, ...
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RTV Sealant or similar for replacement of lawnmower crankcase gasket

A while ago I hit a stump with my lawnmower and bent the crankshaft in my lawnmower. I could only pull the bottom of the crankcase off partway, so I had to cut the crankshaft in half. When I was ...
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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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Should sealant/adhesive be used to set rubber gaskets?

Last time I took most of my engine apart, I used something like silicone/adhesive/sealant to set rubber gaskets (such as valve cover, manifold-intake, oil etc) into the contoured groove, as per some ...
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Do I need a sealant for a metal gasket on a water pump

I bought a timing belt kit and it came with a water pump with a metal gasket. Do I need to buy some silicone sealant for that or can I just fit it as it is?
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Adhesive to stick gasket to surface to prevent falling out during install

In case that a gasket or O ring is on the underside of an engine part on assembly, it comes convenient to stick it with some low duty adhesive to prevent falling out during install. What kind of ...
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Evaluating a Head Gasket Replacement

Car: 1991 Volvo 240 History: There was oil in the coolant expansion tank. I did a leak down test and could hear air bubbles in the radiator so assumed the head gasket was bad. I subsequently ...
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Can I add a gasket to my exhaust valve to reduce leak and increase cylinder pressure?

So I have a single cylinder diesel engine. We do not use it to produce power (it is operated by an electric motor) but to measure the pressure at low rpm (100-200). The volumetric compression ratio is ...
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Is a chuffing sound from a 1999 Saab 9-3 sign of an exhaust leak?

I hear this sound when running alongside curbs or concrete walls with RPMs below 2000. I suspect it's a leaking exhaust manifold gasket, and intend to replace this in the near future. When I try to ...
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Gasket Shellac on Flange gasket Dripping on O2 sensor Jeep XJ

Background I recently replaced some cracked headers on my Jeep XJ. When attaching the new headers to the exhaust with a flange gasket I didn't slide the graphite gasket ring on correctly and it went ...
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Is engine start failure reason for dealership mechanics to check fluid levels? [closed]

My daughter's car was towed to the nearest Toyota dealer because it stalled. All lights came on in dash and it smelled burned. We were given a clean bill of health the next day just to have it towed ...
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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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How can I open my thermostat cover which is stuck due to using too much gasket maker material?

I have to replace my thermostat with a new one. I have removed all the bolts of thermostat cover in my car but the gasket maker material has caused the thermostat housing and thermostat cover to stick ...
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Can I make my own fuel pump gasket?

The gasket around the in-tank fuel pump on my car disintegrated and is leaking. I can't seem to find a new replacement anywhere. Could I just cut my own out of a piece of rubber or cork?
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checking head gasket?

I have seen people turn on the heat inside the car before buying probably checking the head gasket or over heating of the engine? And some people press the coolant hose to check it. Can someone ...
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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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Sealant for two metal surfaces for oil filter housing

I have an oil filter housing (located on the top of the block) that has a crossover tube that connects to it which runs from the back to the front of the V10 engine. The end of it I believe is ...
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Substitute oxygen sensor gasket?

'07 Cobalt, 2.2L Replacing the (whole) exhaust. I got the (heated) O2 sensors off, but the gasket ring on the downstream one is completely buggered. Short of just replacing the sensor, does anyone ...
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Possible faulty repair?

Our 2012 Honda Odyssey recently went into the shop for brake repair. The mechanic inspected the car and found a slight leak in the oil pan and requested that we replace the oil pan gasket. We agreed ...
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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. ...
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