GT mediated Awesomeness

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Its best to use loads of silicone when refitting as oil often finds its way through . In fact Citroen didn't use a gasket on the aircon ally sumps for some reason.
Leaks from the sump can be difficult to diagnose as well. They can come from the crankshaft oilseal and the mainbearing cap seals as well as from the sump/engine joint.
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I did a sump on a Mk1 Punto and they didn't use a gasket. The method was to put a bead of gasket silicon on the faces and suspend the sump on it's bolts and leave it until it was semi dried (about an hour) then tighten it up. The joint never leaked again so it worked.
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I wouldn't go silicone, personally. We see a lot of cars in where the oil has broken it down and bits break off and clog the oil pickup. A thin smear of high temp copper-based RTV and a decent gasket should do the trick. As Panky says above - waiting until it's fully tried to give it the last little tweak on the bolt is a good idea.
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The sealant was a special one recommended by Fiat so was definitely oil resistant (the joint wasn't actually leaking originally but the sump pan rusted through :shock: ), I just used the term silicon as a generic term. But yes use sparingly so no big blobs drop inside, but if a gasket is available then it's a no brainer.
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Thanks for all the advice folks, i'd thought about some sort of sealant to aid the gasket so have ordered some hi-temp copper RTV stuff. I'll see about getting the sump welded too, i'd hate to have the damn thing off again - especially as the a/c compressor has to come off to get to the bolts!

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BUT we do now have hot water (a new hot water cylinder, such luxuries!) and a new addition to the family, Sprout, who is taking up considerable time and energy, although she is the cutest little bundle of teeth and claws and loves playing with our other dog Tulip, which is keeping her out of mischief too. Some of the playing gets a little rough, and Tulip finds herself with a baby dog dangling off of the nearest appendage, tail, ears, limbs etc :lol:

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Aww, dogs are ace
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Liking the new addition :)

In other news, your fittings and extra hose have arrived!
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There should be a package heading down your way fairly shortly! Hope to see the next instalment in this thread in due course...
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