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Can you reuse a not too old oil pan gasket?
Posted by: Vincep ()
Date: October 21, 2015 08:45PM

I have a very minor seepage on a portion of the driver's side part of the oil pan gasket.

Not sure if it's as a result of my oil cooler leak (that I just fixed) running down that side of the pan or the gasket itself.

It's a Fel Pro gasket and I only put it in a few months ago.

I didn't notice a leak for a long time after I installed it.

If it ends up being the gasket, can I drop the pan, apply some gasket shellac and reinstall using the same gasket?

In the alternative, can loosening and retorquing the bolts help?

Thank You kindly.

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Re: Can you reuse a not too old oil pan gasket?
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: October 21, 2015 10:23PM

you should be able to re-use the gasket if not cut or pinched anywhere..


What you need to do is flatten the pans holes

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Re: Can you reuse a not too old oil pan gasket?
Posted by: Frank DuVal ()
Date: October 22, 2015 06:32AM

I would check bolt torque first.

I'm not a fan of gasket shellac anymore.

Not that it does not work, just too hard to remove stuff later, and save the gasket.

Frank DuVal

Fredericksburg, VA

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Re: Can you reuse a not too old oil pan gasket?
Posted by: Vincep ()
Date: October 22, 2015 06:37AM

I'll keep an eye on it this week.

Hopefully the oil was from the cooler.

Like I said its not a drip or anything, just that portion of the gasket appearing wet.

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Re: Can you reuse a not too old oil pan gasket?
Posted by: Vincep ()
Date: October 22, 2015 06:38AM

Frank DuVal Wrote:
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> I would check bolt torque first.
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> I'm not a fan of gasket shellac anymore.
>
> Not that it does not work, just too hard to remove
> stuff later, and save the gasket.


Should be abt 8 ft lbs?

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Re: Can you reuse a not too old oil pan gasket?
Posted by: corventure Dave ()
Date: October 22, 2015 07:21AM

Is that a Fel Pro cork or Fel Pro rubber gasket? I have found that it is not really worth trying to re-use gaskets. The cost is not much. But then... I usually buy multiples when I get gaskets. So I have extra's on hand.

I torque the bolts by hand and just until they just barely start to pooch the gasket. This is not the case with paper gaskets. I stopped using the hard paper gaskets many years ago. They never seemed to seal well with the stock oil pan.
I also re-check the oil pan bolts a couple times between oil changes. For me, pan leaks are not an issue.

Corventure Dave

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Re: Can you reuse a not too old oil pan gasket?
Posted by: Vincep ()
Date: October 22, 2015 07:29AM

corventure Dave Wrote:
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> Is that a Fel Pro cork or Fel Pro rubber gasket?


Rubber.

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Re: Can you reuse a not too old oil pan gasket?
Posted by: Vincep ()
Date: October 22, 2015 08:23AM

The torque specs for the bolts is about 8 ft lbs (I know it's listed in inch pounts); correct?

Does that sound right?

About 8 ft lbs?



Edited 3 time(s). Last edit at 10/22/2015 08:25AM by Vincep.

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Re: Can you reuse a not too old oil pan gasket?
Posted by: corventure Dave ()
Date: October 22, 2015 10:54AM

Have to remember. the torque spec's listed in he shop manual are for the stock thick paper gasket. 8# I believe will likely crush a rubber or cork-rubber gasket.

Corventure Dave

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Re: Can you reuse a not too old oil pan gasket?
Posted by: Setterz54 ()
Date: October 22, 2015 12:48PM

I use the rubber gaskets and get good results.I also get extras just in case,don't usually need them.

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Re: Can you reuse a not too old oil pan gasket?
Posted by: Vincep ()
Date: October 22, 2015 01:26PM

So far it looks OK.

Perhaps it was the oil from the leaking cooler?

I hope so.

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Re: Can you reuse a not too old oil pan gasket?
Posted by: Frank DuVal ()
Date: October 22, 2015 02:39PM

8 ft-lbs? I don't know, as with the cork and rubber gaskets I do like corventure Dave and tighten till the gasket starts deforming around the forward outer holes. Sometimes I need to retighten after a while. Even with using Permatex High Tack.

Maybe I need to try some of that Gascacinch!

Frank DuVal

Fredericksburg, VA

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