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Old 05-21-2005, 02:21 PM
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Default Plumbers tape on transmission bolts when changing trans fluid??

I'm in the middle of draining the fluid out of my 79 (yes I pulled the fill plug first). The bolt towards the front of the motor was wrapped in plumbers / pipe tape. Is this necessare? I've never seen anyone here mention using the stuff on these bolts or anywhere else on the car.
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that's teflon tape. Plumber's Tape is the metal strap with holes in it that they use to hang/strap pipes down with. As to teflon thread sealer on the plug, when I did the fluid change on mine there was evidence of teflon tape so I retaped the threads. But I applied it sparingly and made sure it was up on the threads and not in such a manner that a gob could come off the end and enter the fluid stream. I tape pipe threads everyday at work so I didn't even question it when I saw it.
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Remember that the torque on these plugs is low: 22nM. I think they are screwed up on so many cars because they are over torqued.

Might be too late for H-P, but part of this procedure should be getting one or two new plugs in advance. Mine seem to lose the magnets and the heads are usually messed up.
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Haha, too late is the key. Oh well, they went in and out pretty easy - 17ft-lbs per the shop manuals.

Plumbers tape , Silicone tape, ok - I actually have a few rolls of silicone tape so I guess I should have just put some on. Oh well, not doing it again. Here's hoping it doesn't leak.
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