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post #1 of 6 Old Jan 27th, 2008, 9:49 am Thread Starter
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RTV Sealand on Slave input seal

The top maintenance mechanic at work, who has 40 years of experience in industrial and diesel machines. Suggest smearing a thin film of RTV sealant around my new slave cylinder input seal. Has anyone tried this, or is this a bad idea.

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post #2 of 6 Old Jan 27th, 2008, 10:30 am
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If you are talking about the gasket then I would not bother as it is there to keep gunk out, not seal anything in. I doubt your friend ever worked on a machine that had the clutch rod go through the transmission shaft to the clutch as the LT does. You really don't want to hold in any leaking fluids in here as they just go down the shaft to the clutch. That is why drilling the weep hole makes sense.


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The top maintenance mechanic at work, who has 40 years of experience in industrial and diesel machines. Suggest smearing a thin film of RTV sealant around my new slave cylinder input seal. Has anyone tried this, or is this a bad idea.

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(I read this differently than John.)

The seal itself is rubber encapsulated which provides excellent sealing capabilities around its outside diameter. You could use a film of RTV, but it really isn't necessary. Actually, a thin film of oil would be good.

Of much greater importance is the depth that this seal is installed to.
(I think you may have already picked up on this.) Good Luck!

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Yes I'm talking about the slave rod input seal into the transmission. With only 36000 miles and it is already leaking. I'm looking for any reassurance that it won't happen again.

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Yes I'm talking about the slave rod input seal into the transmission. With only 36000 miles and it is already leaking. I'm looking for any reassurance that it won't happen again.

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That is not a seal for the clutch actuation rod, it is the rear input shaft seal for the transmission itself, has nothing to do with the slave cylinder/clutch actuation. It is leaking transmission fluid, needs to be replaced. Silicone sealant will do nothing, since that is a spinning shaft inside the oil seal.

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Sometimes in the past I have used the thinnest coat of Yamabond4 sealer around the OUTSIDE perimeter of a seal -- NEVER on the inside lip. Seems to work well, but even a LIGHT coat of oil does OK. Just kinda makes it easier to seat the seal properly. Yamabond does the same thing, just seals a tad better when it dries.

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