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Picky question about gasket sealers...

Hi all. I'm going to have to replace my water pump soon, and I was wondering if anybody has a favorite sealer they like to use on the paper gaskets? Or should I not use any sealer at all? I've used Fel-Pro High-Tack before, but I don't like it because it stays gummy and the gasket slides around as you torque the bolts. What's a good alternative?

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Re: Picky question about gasket sealers...

Go to your favorite auto parts store, and buy a can of "the right stuff". You can toss every gasket that engine needs with the exception of the head and exhaust manifold or header. Intake gaskets are only like $4, so I do use them. This stuff looks like RTV, but it's not, but more like liquid rubber, in a pressurized can. After it's first use, leave 1/4" sticking out, so after it's cured, you can pull out the plug. Most of the new cars do not use gaskets on 80% of the engine, most parts are glued on. The only bad part being that things really stick, but it does clean back up off of parts real well. I don't recommend it on Suzuki valve covers, either, as they fit so well that the standard cork gaskets can be re-used for years. If you do use it with a gasket, just give the gasket a very light coat with your finger, and assemble normally. If you don't want to use a gasket, lay a bead about 1/8" thick and let it set for a couple of minutes, then take your time assembling the part. Once everything it torqued down, go ahead and fill with fluids and drive. It cures so well that it won't leak like the old rtv did. Hope this helps,
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