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Old 12-12-2007, 04:48 PM   #1
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Gasket material?

Ok guys, I took the sugestion aboput changing the thermostat on my '98 TJ....Then I promtly broke the thermo housing....

Sooooo.... I have a new one comming tommorow. I felt like trying to get the paper gasket to lay just right as I struggled with the housing somehow contributed to the failure. Can I skip the paper gasket and just go with permatex? Or should I glue the paper gasket on with a little permatex and go that way????

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Old 12-12-2007, 07:30 PM   #2
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not sure on the permotex but the paper gasket i got was kinda like a sticker.
got it from O'riellys. like 75 cent for it. worked great!

It is the normal paper gasket but had a white plastic on one side that you pealed out and can stick it to the thermo housing.


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Old 12-13-2007, 11:09 AM   #3
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Whenever I change either water pumps or thermostats(anything that allows water to flow through it), I always use the provided gasket, and smear a little permatex(I like red) on both sides, then tighten it down. I've never had a leak.
Not sure what the thermostat housing is made of on a '98, but a lot are made of aluminum. It doesn't take much to overtighten them, so I just make it snug. Although, I'm sure there's an actual torque rating if you have a manual.
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Old 12-14-2007, 05:26 AM   #5
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Well, I got the thermo housing and a new gasket. Since I had removed the hoses and the temp sensor, the install was much easier....duh!!! Looks like a clean swap with no leaks and I did not use and permatex, just because I didn't have any..... next step it to hope that the fix on the radiator holds untill after the holidays......
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