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Old 09-13-2003, 03:30 AM
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water pump gasket sealant?

What can i use for the water pump to block gasket? The MB stuff, or Permatex Ultra Black, which is very similar to Loctite 5900?
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Old 09-13-2003, 04:28 AM
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mb recommends it go on dry
can use small amount of permatex to hold gasket
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Old 09-13-2003, 06:00 AM
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cool, i can just use a spritz of 3M 77. Now for the water pump, Graf or Laso? What are the torque values?
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Old 09-13-2003, 10:49 AM
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I just used the blue Hylomar on my water pump gasket (and vacuum pump gasket). Worked great. I am now a convert and will not use anything else on gaskets.
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Old 09-13-2003, 12:24 PM
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I went with Laso since my Graf pump went bad in approx. 35000 miles. And the Graf was a replacement for the original pump. I had a local shop do it and they let me chose the brand that I wanted. One year later, no problems.
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Old 09-13-2003, 12:46 PM
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Laso is the OEM brand, costs more and last much longer.

I always use red "aircraft" Permatex on paper gaskets. Don't know what the gasket MB uses looks like, the one for my brother's 300D looks like rubber impregnated paper and may not need sealant.

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Old 09-13-2003, 01:39 PM
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water pump gaslet sea;er

On a smooth surface, the old "INDIAN" gasket shellac serves well to hold and seal gaskeets. Ued on my 63 Corvette waterpump paper gaskets, works fine (always did). Sometimes the simpler things work best. (Silicone base cements can tend to peel). Abe G
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Old 09-13-2003, 02:50 PM
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Silicone sealant + water pump gasket = certain leak. Silicone RTV sealants won't work anywhere near glycol or water.

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Old 09-13-2003, 03:07 PM
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I just replaced the water pump in my '86 300E with 120k mi. The original seal is simply an O-ring, and it appears to have been installed with no sealant of any kind. The old O-ring was squashed completely flat, but there did not appear to be any leakage at all. I used 4 tiny dabs of grease to hold the new O-ring in place during installation, but no sealant. Here's a picture of the old pump and O-ring:
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Old 09-13-2003, 10:26 PM
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psfred

Interesting that: 1.Last summer, when I had my local shop replace the water pump, the Laso pump was $23.00 LESS than the Graf (This site). Now, as you said, the Laso is more expensive! 2.The local MB Dealer was the place that put the Graf pump on, several years ago. 3.Speaking of prices, the price of a AC suction hose more than doubled in about a year's time for my '87. (This is after checking more than one parts site.) - I write down prices of parts that I might need in the future and file them.
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Old 09-14-2003, 01:04 AM
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I recently replaced the water pump on my 300e and used no sealant. It is the o-ring type of gasket.
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Old 09-14-2003, 02:21 AM
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I did my water pump by the book -- replaced the o-ring and used no sealant. I did meticulously prep the mating surfaces, finishing with Scothbrite, and put a thin coating of silicone grease on the new o-ring for better seating.
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