Gasket Replacement Timing: How Much Time Do I Have
Got the motor oil pan back in: studs replaced, sealing washers and fasters replaced the conventional ones, green gasket used, ...
1) How much time do you have between the first drop of gasket sealer and torquing the fasteners down?
The instructions say 'wait 1 minute before mating both surfaces'. Because the motor oil pan is such a pain in the ass to get back in, from bell to bell, took me about 5 mins.
2) I put the pan on, put on the fasteners, then torqued. I'm finding that the 'torquing' never ends. Should I wait til the seal is hard to get the final torque? Of course, I am using a torque wrench to set the correct torque, which is 78 in/pounds
It may be too late this time, but you should try Loctite 518, which is a fantastic gasket sealant which gives you all the time you need for assembly, because it doesn't start to set until air is excluded. I have had 100% success with this product.
Thank you, that probably means that was my first post here and I must admit that for some reason I am fairly new to Ferrari Life. Let me introduce myself. I am a past owner of a very nice 328, which I loved and for the past 11 years have enjoyed ownership of a 365 GTC. I carry out all my own maintenance and restoration so technical posts are always of interest, but primarily I am a driver and have driven many thousands of miles in these wonderful machines.
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I guess a lot depends on what gasket sealer you are using? The best answer would probably come from the folks that made the sealer. I use RTV type sealers myself most of the time. If I have good flat mating surfaces I usually just put on a thin coat and torque whatever it is I'm working on right away. If I'm concerned about the mating surfaces like valve covers or headers sometimes I'll wait for the sealer to firm up a bit so it all doesn't squeeze out right away. But that is just my way.