Originally Posted by delawarebill
i'm sure u did this.. but i mention it anyway..
if u gottta pull it again.. make sure u clean it good with a rag and brake cleaner... if u use the rubber gasket use some RTV top and bottom of it.. if not use a GOOD bead of RTV making use it ooz's out evenly... leave for at least a day to cure..
if u don't want to pull it again (can understand that), clean the area with bk clean and wipe with paper towel... put some rtv on your finger and press it in the mating surface, let that cure too...
That's very good advice to let it dry for a day before starting it! I've seen more than one rear seal leak because it was sealed with RTV and started to check as soon as it was finished.
I personally don't use the end seals, but I've seen people use them and RTV them, only to have them push out from the slippery RTV when tightened. If I used them I'd only RTV the ends where they meet the side gaskets, and keep the rest dry so it holds better.