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Old 09-20-2006, 11:30 PM   #1
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I got a new EGR tube since mine was cracked. The only PITA is that the ends of the tube that are flared out under the brackets are not flat like the original. So the ends of the tubes will not sit flush against the surfaces they bolt up against.

I need to make a gasket.

What should I use? I guess they make gasket paper? Is it available at auto parts stores? I need something that will compress a little bit when I tighten it so I don't crack the tubes.

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I actually have some Thermostat gasket rtv. I'd use it but I think it will squeeze out too much when I tighten it. I feel tightening it too much without a somewhat hard material between will pinch/crack the tube at the flares.

I have NO extra money until the 29th, so something I can find around the house or spend less than $2 on would be FTW
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Yes auto parts stores have gasket kits that you can cut out your own gaskits from, their cork and i dont beleave their expensive at all
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Rubberized cork may work actually.
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Think about the letters EGR before you use rubber or paper

Exhaust GAS R............ as in very hot. Gaskests for EGR'* are lead based.

Pete.. are you sure it doesn't fit snug and seal itself?
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Think about the letters EGR before you use rubber or paper

Exhaust GAS R............ as in very hot. Gaskests for EGR'* are lead based.

Pete.. are you sure it doesn't fit snug and seal itself?
My thoughts exactly.....
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Think about the letters EGR before you use rubber or paper

Exhaust GAS R............ as in very hot. Gaskests for EGR'* are lead based.

Pete.. are you sure it doesn't fit snug and seal itself?
I know rubber/neoprene or the like wouldn't work, and now realize "rubberized" cork wouldn't work I figured a paper-type might have been ok though.

But I do know that the EGR valve gasket is metal.

I'm sure it COULD seal up on its own, but it doesn't sit flush to begin with. I could tighten it all the way so it will compress the flared ends, but I'm afraid it will crack them. I tightened it just a little bit to see, and the bottom end was pinched hard.

I really don't want to take any chances cracking a $43 tube, then I'd be back where I was before, so if I could make a gasket of some kind I'd be happier.

Bill (Wren) made a gasket for his, but I don't know what he made it out of.
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napa sells rolls of paper ish gasket material.

If I was at home (ohio) I would send you a chunk
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www.partsamerica.com has the real gaskets for as low as $2.79.
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