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Trick to removing gaskets???

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by ABES, Feb 22, 2008.

  1. ABES

    ABES PlowSite.com Addict
    from MN
    Messages: 1,322

    So i pick up my truck from the shop today after having the intake gaskets replaced, and i make it about 5 miles when i smell coolant :realmad:. i turn around bring it back to them and the mechanic there (really nice guy) takes a quick look and points out that my waterpump is bad and leaking coolant. He tells me its and easy fix and i can do it myself if i want so i just got back in from the garage and im having a hard time removing the old gasket from the motor its kinda tight and i cant really get a putty knife in there. is there a trick or wasy way to remove the old gaskets??

  2. kashman

    kashman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,070

    what i do is i have quarter sharpen 1 side . Dont forger 2 get some gasket maker dont just put a dry gasket in it
  3. ABES

    ABES PlowSite.com Addict
    from MN
    Messages: 1,322

    Thanks i will go and try that. ya i have a tube of Fel-Pro black rtv sealant that he gave me to use.
  4. sechracer

    sechracer Senior Member
    Messages: 478

    you can also use a razor blade held by a pair of channel locks. I do reccomend using the utility knife blades vs the thin razor ones though.
  5. mike psd

    mike psd PlowSite.com Addict
    from pa
    Messages: 1,028

    gasket scraper for the get it off and angle die grinder with a cookie wheel to polish the mating surfaces
  6. ABES

    ABES PlowSite.com Addict
    from MN
    Messages: 1,322

    I went to home depot and got a razor blade scraper worked great then i just cleaned it up with a wire brush its ready for the new water pump i am going to call it a night though and put the new pump in tommorow when i have 2 sets of hands to hold it in place when i bolt the new pump in.
  7. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    A quick tip:

    When you install the pump, use your RTV sealer to glue the new gaskets to the pump. Dont glue them to the block. Makes it easier to keep them in place..
  8. ABES

    ABES PlowSite.com Addict
    from MN
    Messages: 1,322

    Yup thats exactly what the mechanic told me to do :nod: