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Not long ago I got my cougar running again, quite nicely I might add. After about 2 weeks or so, I noticed a very slight leak ...so I went to investigate. I traced it down to the cooler that sits between the oil filter and the pump. Ok, fine, went to ford for the replacement gasket and sure enough (after 5 minutes of explaining what the hell it was) they have them ...only 3 left in the country by the way.

Anyway, I order the over priced gasket, and quite easily replaced it. Put it alllll back together and rather irritated to find out ...I still got the leak, and of course, now there's more of it. A drip a second instead of a few minutes.

Good news, since its a new engine, it's REALLY EASY to find a leak so I know its coming from the same place -- that gasket. Problem I have is two fold. 1, how much torque should I use on it? The old gasket was completely flat where this new one still shows a bit of meat -- leads me to believe I may not have tightened it up enough, so whats the torque spec on it ...if there is one? Second, was/is there any special considerations when reinstalling that cooler other than the gallon of radiator fluid that comes down the tubes?
 

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22-30 eh? good to know. I'll check it hopefully this weekend. Really gettin tired of this stupid leak.
 

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That area commonly gets bent due to over-tightening.
I spent several weeks trying to locate that filter until I realized that you can use the gasket that comes in new oil filters. Just buy an extra oil filter (Motorcraft worked well for me.) and sacrifice the filter next time you need that gasket.
 

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That area commonly gets bent due to over-tightening.
I spent several weeks trying to locate that filter until I realized that you can use the gasket that comes in new oil filters. Just buy an extra oil filter (Motorcraft worked well for me.) and sacrifice the filter next time you need that gasket.
Yep...just went through this when installing a new motor last month. I actually put a thin layer of permatex RTV on either side of the new gasket that seals the cooler to the oil pump, just to make sure it didn't leak.

David
 

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RTV for the win. Might even have a little bit of that left over ...somewhere :)
 

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Well, I just yanked it, retightened to spec and was smart this time -- I wrapped a paper towel (or ...4 of them) around the area in question and started it. Ok, not -really- started it but enough to get the oil moving and expose the location of the leak -- its the damn radiator block thing. I'll be removing that soon.
 
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