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Gaskets and oil

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Rob N VA

11-26-2004 19:22:24

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I know that you are supposed to "dab your finger in the oil and spread it around the new gasket" when you are replacing the oil filter. I know this the way most of you know this; because that's what our fathers told us to do. My question is why??? It just struck me today while watching one of those "old car fix-em-up" shows, when I saw the mechanic do that very thing, but he failed to tell the audience WHY he did it. I knew that the collective intelligence of this forum would be able to give me a scientific reason, that will probably make me feel silly for not seeing through the cloud straight through to the simplicity. Thanks in advance for your time!----Rob

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Geo in SD

11-27-2004 21:00:59

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 Re: Gaskets and oil in reply to Rob N VA, 11-26-2004 19:22:24  
The side of the gasket that is oiled usually won't stick to it's sealing surface, making it easier to remove the part in the future.

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11-26-2004 19:40:02

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 Re: Gaskets and oil in reply to Rob N VA, 11-26-2004 19:22:24  
Well if you don't you will rip the gasket/seal off the bottom of the filter and then you have a very bad leak. It also make it easyer to remove the filter when you are replace it. Had one once that a guy didn;t oil the seal and we had to remove it in pieces, cut it off till we got to where the seal was and then we could get the rest off.

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Marty 2N IL

11-26-2004 19:33:06

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 Re: Gaskets and oil in reply to Rob N VA, 11-26-2004 19:22:24  
I was always told that because when you spin it on you don't want it to buckle up and leak It has to slide until it commpress. We do o rings at work with grease for the same reason.

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