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Old 04-11-2009, 02:14 PM   #1
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Default Can I reuse intake manifold gaskets?

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Old 04-11-2009, 02:22 PM   #2
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the few bucks for new gaskets is worth the headache down the road...just my opinion
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Old 04-11-2009, 02:22 PM   #3
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yes, if when removed, they are not torn or delaminated (layers splitting)
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Old 04-11-2009, 02:45 PM   #4
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reusing gaskets is a bad idea. They have been crushed once and formed to the unique shape and surface of the mating parts. once they have been *un-sealed* they dont have any more thickness to be re crushed and seal. thick metal gaskets may let you get away with a couple re uses but a paper gasket is a one time use. They are so cheap that there is no reason not to use a new one, anyway. IF you absolutely have to re use a paper gasket its a good idea to seal it with a fuel system thread and gasket lubricant like EZ-turn seal lube. Since there will be fuel in the intake chage as it passes that gasket, a fuel resistant compound is ideal. I put this stuff on all paper gaskets and metal/metal threads. it increases the gaskets life and pressure holding and allows the gasket to be removed later without tedious scaping and on threads it prevents galling and helps seal. A high temp RTV could work, too. But it tends to shrink over time so a leak may be likely down the road.
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Old 04-12-2009, 07:37 AM   #5
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Thanks, i wanted to get it back together today and the dealership isnt open which is why.

Guess i'll just wait
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