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So im going to be changing my 1988 302 thermostat and i noticed in a few videos on youtube of people replacing it. They use some sort of sealer on the housing that they put the gasket over once they've replaced and are ready to put everything back together. They use some sort of silicone? or rtv sealer?
So before i replace my thermostat, can anyone recommend the proper sealer i should use to seal this thing right please.
If you use one don't use the other. It always works best with either just the gasket or just the rtv.
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Iv found what works the best is to yes clean the surface very well where the gasket lays. Be careful not to ruin the surface with sandpaper, razor blade, etc..very easy to make the surface uneven. If you look closly there are little levels where the thermo and gasket lay perfectly. Next take the smalliest amout possible of the gasket maker and put it on the lower intake where the gasket would lay. You only want to use it for the gasket to stick in place. You just want it sticky not globbed on or even a layer. Just sticky enough for the gasket to stay. If anything put three pin size dots of the goo. thats all you need. Then continue the rest of the procedure like you would normally. If its going to be cold where you live i would suggest not putting a 180 thermo in for the winter. Your car will never get up to running temp and winter. not good!!!! A lot of people make that mistake. The thermostat is a very cheap part like spak plugs but is very important to your motor like plugs!!!
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