Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Beautiful Palmdale, CA
Rep Power: 31
The RTV doesn't go on either side.
(For any engine):
Get a can of Gasgacinch. It works sort of like contact cement.
Make sure mounting surfaces on the thermostat housing and engine are clean.
Apply some to the housing and to one side of the gasket. Allow to dry. Install the thermostat into the housing (If there is a relief cut in the housing to accomodate it) Place the gasket on the housing. Apply Gasgacinch to the other side of the gasket and to the mounting surface on the engine. Allow to dry. Install the housing to the engine, using proper torque spec. Done. No leaks.
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