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Ignitor and Head Gaskets

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Old 02-10-2002, 05:59:26 PM
Dave U
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Default Ignitor and Head Gaskets

I am looking for information on ignitor and head gasket replacement. On tractor engines with the "sandwich" type head gasket with the metal plates on either side you don't use any type of gasket adheasives they basically go on dry. My question since I am new to the Hit N Miss game, do you use anything on the head and ignitor gasket or do they go on dry like other machines since they are made of different material? Thanks for any help. P.S. Thanks Harry, I read much more that I post here but this board is a great resource!!!
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Old 02-10-2002, 06:09:21 PM
Bill Klein (Pa.)
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Default Re: Ignitor and Head Gaskets

I use an aerosol like Permatex Copper Coat. It has served me well on my old engines and on the older tractor engines we regularly repair at our dealership. Bill
Old 02-10-2002, 06:54:15 PM
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All that I use on gas engine head gaskets and igniter gaskets is a good coating of all purpose grease from a grease tube. It softens the gaskets a little and keeps them from sticking if you have to remove the part.
Old 02-10-2002, 09:50:40 PM
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Default Re: Ignitor and Head Gaskets

I agree with Glenn about using grease, however on the heads, I have used various sealers if I think there is a chance of leakage due to pitting.

I have even use a thin coat of epoxy on each side of the head gasket if the surfaces are really bad.
Old 02-10-2002, 10:31:52 PM
Ed Kinch
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Hello All,

I install cylinder head and ignitor gaskets without any sealer.A proper material should seal in and of its self unless there is a surface problem,then I do use a sealer.

Ed Kinch
Old 02-11-2002, 09:43:52 AM
Ken Fall
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Also remember that the igniter is a wear item and needs to be cleaned. So you may not want to use something that will make it hard to remove for cleaning.Ken
Old 02-11-2002, 09:54:06 AM
Bill Wehrman
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I use silver spray paint on metal faced gaskets that are re-used. I assemble before the paint is hard. It seals nice and cleans off real easy if it comes apart again. Great site, Thanks, Bill
Old 02-11-2002, 11:47:48 AM
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Default Re: Ignitor and Head Gaskets

I've suggested it before and I'll suggest it again, I use Copper Coat spray gasket sealer. Always seals, comes off clean if you ever have to take anything back apart. Especially effective on old mating surfaces that might have mild imperfections.

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Old 02-11-2002, 09:32:40 PM
Vern Johnson
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I use high temp. gasket material with no sealer. No problems. Vern


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