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Do i put silicone on a thermostat gasket? also if i do, do i put it on both sides.

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You can use any silicone that is marked "sensor safe"...When using it in addition to a gasket, use an extremely thin coating on both gasket sides. It helps eliminate any gaps make by scraping old gasket off, and makes future gasket removal far easier. Putting too much on can be bad because any that squeezes out will find it's way to the radiator core, where no amount of flush chemicals will ever dissolve it. Where vertical mounting is necessary it is very helpful to use silicone to attach gasket to housing...put it together and let it nearly dry and it will help to keep stat from sliding down while installing to block.

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You can but it's not recomended, if the silicone gets in the spring or valve it could cause the thermostat to not work properly. The supplied gasket should be plenty. Hope that helps.

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This is the question for the ages...ask three mechanics and, you'll get three answers... the correct answer is: place silicone on any irregular surface to fill in imperfections where metal castings meet as; a paper gasket does the same thing the choice becomes yours. (unless the dealer specifies differently due to a dissimilar metal union)
Personally I disregard the paper gasket included and, use a hi-temp silicone bead between the casting surfaces.
I have found it works best when almost dry

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