Used RTV high temp silicone to seal my thermostat housing how long should i wait?
I had a crack in my old thermostat housing that was causing a pretty good leak so i had to replace it. I read on a previous thread to get a good seal on the new thermostat housing to use red high temp RTV on both sides of the new gasket before installing so i did the directions on the tube say let dry for 1hour and to fully cure 24hours do i need to let my jeep sit for a day before adding any fluids and letting the engine get warm?
2001 TJ Sport R.I.P.
2004 Jeep TJ RUBICON
Personally, I would have not used any RTV on the thermostat housing at all. It doesn't take much to get a good seal there, today's gaskets do a good job at sealing the water pump, thermostat housing, etc. Heck I had a trail overheating emergency where I had to remove the thermostat housing & then put it back together using only a piece of cardboard from a MRE container box as the gasket. Even that makeshift cardboard gasket was completely leak free until I could get around to installing a new thermostat & a "real" gasket.
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