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Old 09-16-2011, 07:40 PM   #1
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Timing cover gasket question.

With 1450 miles do I really need to put on a new gasket. The factory one is stuck to the block and the exposed rubber gasket part look just fine. I am tempted to reuse it.

Same deal with my water pump gaskets. I have new of both but wonder if I really need them.
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Old 09-16-2011, 07:43 PM   #2
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It has always been my personal opinion to NEVER reuse gaskets.

It's based on nothing but old school high school auto mechanics class from 1986 though.
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Old 09-16-2011, 07:50 PM   #3
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Its usually no big deal to reuse the gaskets. But never should
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Old 09-16-2011, 08:40 PM   #4
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Gaskets

More important is to use a little rtv sealer on the timing and cam covers where they meet the oil pan.
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Old 09-16-2011, 10:44 PM   #5
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The worst thing that will happen is it will leak, and you'll have to tear it down again. I thought the same thing when I did mine, but I had new gaskets so I used them.
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Old 09-17-2011, 12:08 AM   #6
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I did a cam swap and supercharger install without using any new gaskets. No leaks here at all.

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Old 09-18-2011, 12:04 AM   #7
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Better safe that sorry. I always wonder why there is always enough time to do it over, but never enough time to do it right. I would suggest putting new gaskets and when you put it all back together you won't be second guessing yourself everytime you think about it.
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Old 09-18-2011, 12:25 AM   #8
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I concur with most, it isn't required, but it is cheap insurance, for the price its best to replace them;
just like doing a 3 bolt cam, it is cheap insurance!
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Old 09-18-2011, 06:32 AM   #9
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I reused the old one. Time will tell.
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