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Reuse ''self-sealing bolts'' Transmission Pan

I am changing the transmission filter on a 2006 Nissan Sentra Auto Transmission. It says it has Self-Sealing Bolts on the pan and suggests they be replaced. Is this just a suggestion of can I reuse the old ones? I just want to get this darn thing done already. Thanks

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  • Frank Villafuerte Dec 12, 2009

    I have some Honda-bond. Would that work?

  • Frank Villafuerte Dec 12, 2009

    Honda Bond is pretty thick. I have never had a prob



  • Frank Villafuerte Dec 13, 2009

    Thanks for your feedback again!

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You can reuse them buy put a little gasket sealer around each bolts threads before you reinstall them, don't use RTV Silicone, use this product, it works very well for sealing the bolt heads.
Permatex Form-A-Gasket 1 Sealant

Posted on Dec 12, 2009

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    Marvin Dec 12, 2009

    yes that should be ok, but really prefer the thicker Permatex..

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    Marvin Dec 12, 2009

    I prefer permatex, but like i said you use what you have, it will work, this is all opinion, I have certain sealers I have used over the years, My favorite line of gaskets sealers just happens to be made by permatex.

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