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Question General Gasket Question

Does one need to replace a gasket (for example for the oil pan) if one just removes it and puts it back on. No damage. 2009 ZX10R by the way, and a pain to get to cause of the exhaust pipes!
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replace or not

fine to reuse if in good cond.
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fine to reuse if in good cond.
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I have never broken a seal on my bike but rubber gaskets are easier to reuse than cork.

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I try to make a habit of not reusing paper gaskets. I am not sure what material the oil pan gasket is, but if a paper gasket gets saturated at any point it will be suspect to leak. I wouldn't risk trying to reuse a gasket that seals oil, especially that low on the motor.

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Type of gasket

I think it's a metal gasket. Does that sound nuts? I'm pretty sure it's a metal gasket.

I've put the pant back together, and when my clutch cover comes in and I seal up the engine again and dump in some new oil I'll update and let you all know if the pan gasket held up.
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Except for covers with rubber gaskets or o-rings that are meant to be taken off and replaced frequently for routine maintenance, I always replace the gaskets. It really sucks to put it all back together and have a leak.

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composition gaskets are fine to reuse also if in good cond. and cleaned properly. they dont start leaking just because you removed them. removing and installing covers carefully is the key. even a lightly damaged composition gasket can be reused with certain sealers, also with certain sealers u dont even need a gasket and it will not leak! btw, there are no paper or cork gaskets on ur 10, and yes both would saturate and leak. most leaks are our fault, not the gaskets.

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Why bother. For the few dollars having piece of mind that you have a new gasket in there as opposed to spending another couple hours to change it if it happens to leak. Time is money. Gasket is less then $50 while your time is priceless. Every single gasket if I remove I replace with a new one. But that 's just my opinion.

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Why bother. For the few dollars having piece of mind that you have a new gasket in there as opposed to spending another couple hours to change it if it happens to leak. Time is money. Gasket is less then $50 while your time is priceless. Every single gasket if I remove I replace with a new one. But that 's just my opinion.

Really, Even with rubber gaskets that stand a chance of working (compressing right), I don't know (well I do know paper/cork is a one shot deal) what the casket condition will be, before the job is started.

So having the gaskets needed before the job starts, is just the way.
Anyone want to take the extra time to get a needed gasket, when they find out a gasket isn't going to make it a second time? Wow that's so expensive and time consuming...it's just off the chart.
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