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Old 05-14-2011, 08:15 AM
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cork gasket sealant?

To seal or not to seal. I am replacing the automatic transmission fluid, gasket and filter on a 63 220Sb. Should put sealant on the cork gasket? If so, what kind? The stupid questions are starting to flow.
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Old 05-14-2011, 08:57 AM
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It all depends. Personally, unless there has been damage to either of the sealing surfaces, I stick by the adage, "Gasket sealers are for beginners". Yeah, yeah, kind of snobbish I know but it's true.

99% of all "cork" gaskets are usually pieces of cork floated in a polymer base. Kind of their own built in sealant.

Loose pieces of silicone glop floating around inside of a transmission worries me more than having to replace a gasket I overtightened.

I am not beyond using a bit of high tack adhesive to hold the gasket in place for re-assembly although a light smearing of petroleum jelly usually works as well.
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Old 05-14-2011, 03:31 PM
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I usually smear a thin layer of wheel bearing grease on one side of cork gaskets to assist with installation. As long as the surfaces are clean and not damaged, you should be fine.
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Old 05-14-2011, 08:33 PM
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The job went smoothly. Old ATF and gasket in great shape. Few shavings in the old filter. Took it out for a spin. The engine went through her paces without a hiccup. I love old iron.

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