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Quick 14 bolt question: Hub gasket

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by scrappy88, Oct 19, 2003.

  1. scrappy88

    scrappy88 1/2 ton status

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    The shim/gasket thing that goes between the axle shaft flange and the hubs on the 14 bolt FF, are they required? When I tore my 14 bolt down it had it on one hub but not the other. Just need to make sure before I put this back together. Thanks!
     
  2. Confedneck

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    we didnt put them back into chevy4wds 14bff and it hasnt made any difference that either of us can tell..allthough it does leak a little gear oil since we havent sealed the hubs yet..
     
  3. 4X4HIGH

    4X4HIGH 1 ton status Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    Yes, unless you want a leak. If you decide not to use them then you will need silocone sealer in their place.
     
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    Use 'em, you will not have greasy wheels. Get some gasket paper and use a hammer and tap your self a new gasket. Thats the easiest & cheapest way to do it.
     
  5. scrappy88

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    I was going to just leave them out and use a coat of silicone gasket sealer to seal them up. The original gasket I pulled out of it was just a metal shim type thing, so I don't see how it would have sealed without gasket sealer either.
     
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    either way, silicone or the metal gasket..both work..
     
  7. TrcksR4ME

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    I didn't use a gasket on mine, just put some silicone on there. Works fine, no problems /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    yep just silicone on mine also had no leaks
     
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    Don't waste your time making some out of gasket material or whatever. And don't waste your time with messy silicone either. Just go to your nearest Car Quest and ask for part number #J17829 and get 2 of them. Both of these will be around $4.00 apiece. /forums/images/graemlins/deal.gif /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    whoo hoo finally I get a part # for those, mine have about a gallon of rtv /forums/images/graemlins/ignore.gif
     
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    Another helpful tip: don't dab on some silicone again. Buy a can of Permatex Copper Spray-A-Gasket, which is a 9 oz. high-temp sealant. Spray this stuff on both sides of the metal gasket and slap them on. Torque to spec and sit back with no worries of leaks again. /forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    So $8 instead of 10 cents worth of silicone? My truck will not be so lucky /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif Messy silicone, sheesh, what next take your truck in to get the oil changed so you don't get your hands dirty /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif
     
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    Yeah silicone it is. I figure I'll save the $8 and put it towards some quality gear oil instead. That was the last step in my 14 bolt rebuild. Disc brakes are on, detroit is in, and I'm set. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
  14. TrcksR4ME

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    Sounds like a nice set-up /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    So $8 instead of 10 cents worth of silicone? My truck will not be so lucky /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif Messy silicone, sheesh, what next take your truck in to get the oil changed so you don't get your hands dirty /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif

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    I prefer to re-install parts that originally come from the factory back into whatever I tear apart. Since the metal gaskets were there for a reason when they were built, I'm gonna leave them there. /forums/images/graemlins/ignore.gif

    As for silicone, which is the "poor man's fix" to using no gaskets, more power to ya! I don't mind anybody using them as everybody has their own preference. Just messier when the time comes you have to remove the shafts and clean up the bearing hub of the gunk. /forums/images/graemlins/tongue.gif At least with the metal gaskets, they will just come off and you can respray them with the copper sealant again and call it done. /forums/images/graemlins/ignore.gif

    FYI: I change my own oil, thank you very much. /forums/images/graemlins/ignore.gif
     
  16. Fry

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    everytime I replace the axles on our 5 ton internationals at work I only use silicone, never ever had a leak or was it real messy to clean the next time around, we usually throw away the gaskets since they end up leaking after a few hundred miles. I'm sure its the same principal with the lil' trucks
     
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    How about the Fel-Pro part 55350, $1.99 at partsamerica.com (Checker, Kraguns, Shucks). I've used several of them and the quality seems fine -- plus you don't have to scrape the silicon off next time. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    I don't mind silicone, and I use a wire brush on the drill to remove the old silicone as long as I can do it withoug getting debris where I don't want it. Nothing wrong with doing it the right way /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif But I would have to get a new truck and start over if I am gonna do that /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif


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    FYI: I change my own oil, thank you very much.

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    LOL /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     

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