In reply to a message from Lou Danzico sent Sat 20 Mar 2010:
Plumber’s Tape (Teflon) also works Lou; The more tape used, and the
tighter it is over the male threads, it acts as a thread lock and
more importantly, a stop-leak.
Gasoline also works fine to clean the threads.
this trick was shown to me by an XK engine rebuilder. Curiously,
the auto parts stores are now selling it as ‘‘Mechanic’s Tape’’, for
a lot more money than you pay at a hardware store like Ace. I use
it in all drain bolts, (oil pan, tanks, transmission drain bolt,
differential filler/drain bolt), anywhere there is fluid.
Not to mention in every water line connection in the house.
For gasoline line connections, use Permatex HYLOMAR Blue Racing
The original message included these comments:
I picked up a tube of Permatex, high heat (450 degrees F.), red
threadlocker, which I intend to use on the brass bushing going into
the newly cut threads in the the oil sump drain.
The instructions recommend cleaning both surfaces with Permatex brake
and parts cleaner. I have all the mineral solvents, xylene, acetone,
paint thinner as well as carburetor cleaner. Any suggestions what to
use? I don’t want to mess this up.
1965 3.8 ‘S’ 1984 XJ-6
Florida, United States
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