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Old 05-15-2013, 03:28 PM
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reuse gaskets or buy new

Hello..
I'll be installing my cam in my new vortec. thats never run..
if I am carefull and pull oil pan and timing cover. think the gaskets will be fine or..
I'm thinking they should be fine, if they are rubber not paper based gaskets..
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Geez, knowing the headache associated with front or rear leaks, I wouldn't reuse them, that's just me. I see issues with the corners especially. I've reused trans pan gaskets before without issues, but they're pretty straight forward, flat.
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Geez, knowing the headache associated with front or rear leaks, I wouldn't reuse them, that's just me. I see issues with the corners especially. I've reused trans pan gaskets before without issues, but they're pretty straight forward, flat.
I know, but I'm thinking g.m. would by now be using a one piece oil pan gasket. the timing cover is plastic..
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generally I say answer your own question as if it were someone else's question. then what would the answer be.
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Has it ever had oil put in it. If not I would probably keep the oil pan gasket. IIRC it's a one piece "rubber" gasket with spacers in the bolt holes.
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If it was valve cover gaskets or something easy to change, I would say try it.......I would hate to have to pull an engine just to change a leaky oil pan gasket that I cheaped out on.
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If it was valve cover gaskets or something easy to change, I would say try it.......I would hate to have to pull an engine just to change a leaky oil pan gasket that I cheaped out on.
I know, right, but penny pinching, is sadly needed..
guess when I open it up. I'll see what they look like and then deside..
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I've reused a used oil pan gasket... Not saying it was smart but it worked.
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If it was valve cover gaskets or something easy to change, I would say try it.......I would hate to have to pull an engine just to change a leaky oil pan gasket that I cheaped out on.
Good point.
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