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I'm going to be putting the cylinder back on a dt1 engine and just wondering if there is anything special I need to do to the base gasket? Does it go on dry? And the crankcase right hand cover gasket? Dry?
i just grease them so they'll come off easier next time. never had a problem. Off course if your cases are dodgy then my ideas would change. I also grease the head gasket to let it move a bit during the tightening process.
I just get a dedicated gasket scraper and go over the surface squarely and evenly to avoid gouging.. You want to hold the tool at an angle. Remember chemicals are your friend, so if you are fighting removing the gasket, it is wise to get some gasket remover. And on the cases you need to be extra careful. That thin gasket surface is difficult to do because if the blade is not square to the surface it will gouge. Try a plastic or copper blade if it will work, such as old piece of copper head gasket material. If you leave the studs in make sure there is not one shred of gasket left around them. It is easy to miss. A scotch brite pad is helpful to clean the muck. You will need to protect the crank area with a rag stuffed in there. Gasket remover will remove paint so apply accordingly.