Can't get a strait answer, there might also not be one: Oiled gaskets?

Smitty Werbenjegermanjensen /

I've got an NU50, the 'ol Urban Express, and I am replacing a leaky old gasket that covers the final drive/transmission (part #2: https://www.hondapartshouse.com/oemparts/a/hon/506b92f4f870023420a1f262/transmission )

This gasket seals in an amount of funky gear oil, and I've realized I have no idea how this process goes, aside from learning that this appears to be a controversial topic. Loads of conflicting information and petty infighting on forums from across the globe.

Some say soak it in oil, others say that's unnecessary and to put it on dry cause that's how the factory does it, there's a corner that votes to rub some grease on it to prevent it from tearing when you next take it off, someone says absolutely don't do that silliness with the grease and put some sort "sealer" on it instead, and then some guy alone in his corner rather creepily describes some sort massaging procedure to rub anti-seize into it.

This is a little bit nuts to be honest. Am I about to start a dumpster fire by asking this?(edited)

Re: Can't get a strait answer, there might also not be one: Oiled gaskets?

Every application is different follow a repair manual if u have one I just lightly rub oil on dry gaskets.

Re: Can't get a strait answer, there might also not be one: Oiled gaskets?

OEM Honda gaskets have always been dry applied .

Aftermarket , who knows .

If they look like plain paper , spread a bit of oil on them .

If they are 'special' , like a rubberized paper , apply dry .

If the mating surfaces are not pristine flat smooth , maybe use a gasket sealer like

High Tack .

Re: Can't get a strait answer, there might also not be one: Oiled gaskets?

i always use regular dino oil and avoid the synthetic stuff for gaskets for no other reason than synthetic is a lot more slippery

no idea if this is backed by any science or anything its just what ive done and its always worked for me so who knows

Re: Can't get a strait answer, there might also not be one: Oiled gaskets?

Josiah Radebaugh /

What I usually do is coat the gasket in Two stroke oil or grease.

(Sometimes WD-40 for convenience).

In some cases where I've had air leaks I'll use a little bit of gasket sealant on the gasket without oiling to fill tiny gaps, it's not ideal but it works. If its wet, its a bit more plyable so it can fill in gaps a little better is my thoughts.

Re: Can't get a strait answer, there might also not be one: Oiled gaskets?

Mist with extra virgin olive oil that's been warmed up with some garlic added.

Re: Can't get a strait answer, there might also not be one: Oiled gaskets?

Captain Janeway /

I just put light oil on. Seems to make it a little easier to get them off later, but hey it could be my imagination.

I just make sure the mating surfaces are clear.

Re: Can't get a strait answer, there might also not be one: Oiled gaskets?

> Tomos A35 Wrote:

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> Every application is different follow a repair manual if u have one

I agree 100% also some anti seize is always good on the bolts

Re: Can't get a strait answer, there might also not be one: Oiled gaskets?

Dirty30 Dillon /

I usually apply a light oil coating on gaskets. If they are being used on troublesome or uneven seating surfaces I will use a very small amount of aviation sealant.

Re: Can't get a strait answer, there might also not be one: Oiled gaskets?

I sort of lick mine, like sealing an envelope. Personalizes the build for me.

Re: Can't get a strait answer, there might also not be one: Oiled gaskets?

There's a few reasons for it,

- Holds gaskets in place better during assembly

- makes removal easier afterwards, next time it comes off or whatever, less scraping, maybe even stays whole and reusable if you cheap

- potentially enables more even compression of the gasket paper and seals any small nicks.

Depending on which you're looking for or what you need, maybe grease or gasket sealer might work better, sometimes dry is just easier and cleaner, less likely to get any debris stuck in there working on your dirty ass garage floor. And none of them are hard necessity, you'll be fine dry almost every time too. just little matters of convenience, which exactly where there's no hard straight answers.

Re: Can't get a strait answer, there might also not be one: Oiled gaskets?

If you do the job right , the first time, you won't have to worry about any next time . ;)

Unless you screw up on purpose . LOL

Re: Can't get a strait answer, there might also not be one: Oiled gaskets?

motoseal on cover side n grease on tranny side, saves the trouble w destroying gasket on removal.

Re: Can't get a strait answer, there might also not be one: Oiled gaskets?

I have always oiled gaskets,

The only time I use sealant on a gasket is if the manufacturer recommends it

OR

Just use sealant if there is no gasket because it is manufactured to be assembled with only sealant.

Re: Can't get a strait answer, there might also not be one: Oiled gaskets?

Smitty Werbenjegermanjensen /

Yeah see? Flurry of confusion lol

So I just painted some oil onto it with a teeny tiny automotive Q-tip thingy and installed it.

Re: Can't get a strait answer, there might also not be one: Oiled gaskets?

Obviously don't just painted some oil on to it with a teeny tiny automotive Q-tip thingy and install it, because it will blow up in a million pieces on start up.

Re: Can't get a strait answer, there might also not be one: Oiled gaskets?

> Ryan Graeme Wrote:

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> Obviously don't just painted some oil on to it with a teeny tiny

> automotive Q-tip thingy and install it, because it will blow up in a

> million pieces on start up.

^ Yep!

Re: Can't get a strait answer, there might also not be one: Oiled gaskets?

Overpriced Parts /

> Chris Straub Wrote:

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> > Ryan Graeme Wrote:

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> > Obviously don't just painted some oil on to it with a teeny tiny

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> > automotive Q-tip thingy and install it, because it will blow up in a

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> > million pieces on start up.

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> ^ Yep!

No it won’t blowup in a million pieces it will actually grip better !

I’m installed gaskets oiled or dry I didn’t have any problems either way,

To get better squish I used no gaskets just some sealant and I didn’t have any problems or leakage either,

Re: Can't get a strait answer, there might also not be one: Oiled gaskets?

You sound good to go Smitty. Report back with first tear down after (hopefully) many miles ahead given your particular recipe. I prefer just an even skosch of assembly lube/2stroke on most gaskets except for the rare case when they call for sealant, or metal/head gaskets.

Re: Can't get a strait answer, there might also not be one: Oiled gaskets?

I was only pulling his leg Ken. It will actually be a billion pieces!

Re: Can't get a strait answer, there might also not be one: Oiled gaskets?

Nice! I need that lol.

Re: Can't get a strait answer, there might also not be one: Oiled gaskets?

Deep fry 'em

Re: Can't get a strait answer, there might also not be one: Oiled gaskets?

Richard Eberline /

If you use oil, you can't use a sealant. I use Honda or Yama bond and no oil. Always use a new gasket and oil free mating surfaces. DRY, DRY and DRY.

The Honda bond is for positioning the gasket.

Re: Can't get a strait answer, there might also not be one: Oiled gaskets?

George Strait

I soaked one and it still leaked

torqued it down to its peak

snapped a bolt now Im mad

miss my dog, pickup, and wife

That was the best life I ever had

Re: Can't get a strait answer, there might also not be one: Oiled gaskets?

♣Slew Foot♣ /

The wife left town with my best friend and dog I'm going to miss both of them but of course she can rot in hell but dry dry dry yamabond 4 Life

Re: Can't get a strait answer, there might also not be one: Oiled gaskets?

Dan (high idle) Conway /

Hahahaha nice.

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