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How to Replace Your Engine Gaskets

Reader's Digest.CA Logo By NAPA Canada of Reader's Digest.CA | Slide 1 of 3: The two most common gaskets in use today are composite gaskets and silicone (formed-in-place) gaskets. Composite gaskets are combinations of cork, rubber, paper or felt, designed and cut specifically to fit individual application. They're often applied with a gasket dressing or adhesive to help with assembly and sealing. Silicone gaskets are made of a silicone compound that's applied directly to the mating parts and allowed to cure in place after assembly.To replace your engine gaskets, you will need:  Putty knife Torque wrench Aerosol brake cleaner Gasket material (composite or silicone) Chemical gasket remover Straight edge Threadlocker (medium strength)Before you begin: Have a first-aid kit handy Follow the manufacturer's instructions for all products Use safety stands under the frame or drive-on rampsHere's What You Need to Know About Your Accessory Belt Drive System.

Replacing Engine Gaskets: A How-To Guide

The two most common gaskets in use today are composite gaskets and silicone (formed-in-place) gaskets. Composite gaskets are combinations of cork, rubber, paper or felt, designed and cut specifically to fit individual application. They're often applied with a gasket dressing or adhesive to help with assembly and sealing. Silicone gaskets are made of a silicone compound that's applied directly to the mating parts and allowed to cure in place after assembly.To replace your engine gaskets, you will need:
  • Putty knife
  • Torque wrench
  • Aerosol brake cleaner
  • Gasket material (composite or silicone)
  • Chemical gasket remover
  • Straight edge
  • Threadlocker (medium strength)
  • Before you begin:
  • Have a first-aid kit handy
  • Follow the manufacturer's instructions for all products
  • Use safety stands under the frame or drive-on ramps
  • Here's What You Need to Know About Your Accessory Belt Drive System.
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