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dar timmons 03-04-2011 06:01 PM

intake manifold leak
i have coolent leaking from a bolt should i use plummers tape or high temp silicone?

spinn 03-04-2011 06:05 PM

Intake bolts that go through water passages should get some liquid teflon type sealant/ thread sealer. If no sealant was used prior to the leak, it might not seal. Has the engine heat cycled, and then not rechecked the bolts.

Leoman 03-04-2011 10:19 PM

I've had oil leak through my center intake bolts; never had coolant come through any of them, but for either case either teflon sealer or permatex #3 tacky thread sealant will work fine (the #3 will only dissolve in alcohol, not glycol). But in my case, I just use plain old teflon tape. That works fine too; just be sure to replace it if you pull the bolt out for some reason.

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