Join Date: May 2001
Location: Castro Valley, California
Typically, the purpose of any gasket is to prevent leakage, and (most) are designed to be used without any "sealant" at all.
"Gasket sealant" is an extra measure used to ensure no leakage. As a rule of thumb, when I want (or it requires) extra sealant, I always will use the sealant ONLY on the part that can be removed from the block . . .
i.e. On your oil pan, I would seal the gasket to the pan, and not apply any sealant to the block. That way, if there's a leak, or whenever I need to remove the oil pan, the gasket isn't sealed to the block which makes removal of the pan and any subsequent gasket work a lot easier because the gasket is sealed to the removable part, and not the block. (Ever try scraping off an old oil pan gasket off the underside of the block while it's still in the car??)
Hope this makes sense,
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