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Old 04-27-2009, 01:45 PM
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I Just finished my rebuild on my sbc 350 i bought ARP Head studs and ARP sealant i used like i was suppose to ran the engine for five minutes shut down came back the next day and there was coolant on the groung and every i applied the thread sealant i pulled off the valve covers & head and there was it was coolant. i then decided to drain my oil and there was very little coolant, what should i do? next i bought all new gaskets oil and oil filter. Will i be ok by not droping the oil pan?

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i dont know about your situation but i always use pipe dope on my head bolts.
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My mechanic and i pulled the engine back out removed all studs and are going to use pipe dope do i need to drop the pan any othe suggestions i am open to all being this is my first rebuild.
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My mechanic and i pulled the engine back out removed all studs and are going to use pipe dope do i need to drop the pan any othe suggestions i am open to all being this is my first rebuild.
I had the same issue with the ARP sealant, I ended up using a Permatex sealer, sorry I dont remember the # and had no further issues. I have heard a lot of issue with the teflon sealant on arp studs.
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are the head studs only suppose to be hand tight then backed off 1/2 turn
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Dang it! I just assembled my blower motor with ARP sealant!!! I hope that's not the problem!!
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is your leakin also out the head bolts
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Well I used arp studs for my dart heads and my dad used teflon pipe tape nothing else and Ihave not had any problems. I was going to use some arp thread sealant but after reading this I am going to pass on using it. I will have to use some plain pipe dope. I have heard that the head studs have more of a chance of leaking then head bolts. I will probably swap out my head studs some day with arp bolts.
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plumbers pipe thread dope in a can or squeeze tube

works great

always use it and never once had an issue with leaking bolts, ever.. and ive installed billion of heads over the years.


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I have also used a permatex sealant/and pipe dope . both worked . Cole
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are the head studs only suppose to be hand tight then backed off 1/2 turn

God no!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I think your thinking of something else, the heads must be torqued to spec!!!!!!!!
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just the studs that go in to the block
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God no!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I think your thinking of something else, the heads must be torqued to spec!!!!!!!!
Good save robins44. missed that post glad you were there. you must always torque to specs. Cole
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this is what i got from ARP http://www.arp-bolts.com/FAQ/Answers.html#_03
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yep screw them dowm finger tight .then torque them with a torque wrench. Cole
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