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Old 07-18-2001, 02:02 AM
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"To Seal, or not to Seal,--that is the question:--
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The drips and leaks of not using sealant
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by applying sealant end them?"

Should I use sealant when replacing my dented lower oil pan and gasket? Are sealant and adhesive the same thing? If not, should I use adhesive or sealant or nothing?

What does everyone think? Please share your experiences. What brand is best?

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Old 07-19-2001, 06:32 PM
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Not usually recommended for newer cars, but your 79 would not object to a fine bead of Silicone RTV on either side of the pan gasket.
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Old 07-19-2001, 07:57 PM
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I am of the opinion that a very thin film of Ultra Copper
goes a long way toward insuring a good seal. Be real careful and don't put on much because what you see squeezed out on the outside is the same as what is squeezed out on the inside and if what is squeezed out on the inside breaks loose then it can cause some serious problems in those tiny
oil passages.
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