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Old 01-16-2011, 12:03 PM
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Oil filter adapter plate keeps leaking - what to do?

I have a 1965 Plymouth belvedere II with a 273 180 horse engine with automatic transmission. (stock) The oil filter adapter plate keeps leaking between the engine and the plate. Here are my 3 attempts to repair it so far:

1. The first time it leaked I found the gasket cracked. I ordered the special gasket from Summit, which looked thinner than the original, cleaned it all up put it in, and it worked fine for about a week. Did not appear to have gasket cement on the gasket because I was able to take the plate off with no difficulty.

2. The second time I took it off I bought some gasket material that was thicker than the summit gasket and made my own. Installed it and this time I got a month out of it before it started leaking again.

3. The third time I took it off I made another gasket from the thicker material, coated both sides of the gasket with #2 permatex, cleaned everything up, checked for warpage let it sit up over night, re-installed the oil filter, and this repair has lasted 3 months. Now I can not get the adapter plate back off.

Does anyone have an idea of how to repair this permanently?

Any ideas on how to get the adapter plate off?

Thanks for any ideas you may have.

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Lap it with a piece of 800 grit sandpaper and use "right stuff" to reinstall it.
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Which one of the 5 different kinds of right stuff?

Thanks for the info. There are 5 different kinds of right stuff. Which one do you recommend?

Also, have any ideas on how to get the plate out now that its stuck on with the permatex #2?
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Are you using a torque wrench to install it. I know its seems silly on some small parts, but all gasket surfaces are very sensitive to proper torque.
Check with fel pro for the correct gasket. Make sure that both mounting surfaces are flat, without gouges. Install using correct size bolts and the correct torque and sequence.(Service manual or rebuild manual will have this info)
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This. stuff.
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EXACTLY what GREGT said. Make sure the plate is DEAD flat, all surfaces DEAD clean, then use "The Right Stuff" and the proper torque. If you can't find a torque setting, then tighten just untill the sealer starts squeezing out uniformly all the way around. Don't be too skimpy with the sealer. Let it set up for around 24 hrs, just to be sure...
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