In an article published in Counterman magazine’s April 2015 issue (p.50), it is suggested that gaskets should be sold in sets. We strongly agree with this suggestion and wish to explain the reasons we believe that, as a consumer, you should ask to buy gaskets in complete sets.
It is quite often necessary that a complete revision job involve the replacement of all gaskets during scheduled engine maintenance. It’s also very common that many of the smaller parts in gasket kits vary between versions of similar engines. In these cases there is an increased need to make sure that the kit contains all parts necessary to bring the job to completion. Even the smallest part, if missing from the kit, can result in a frustrating interruption of the job.
Apart from cylinder head, valve cover and oil pan gaskets, most of which are types of gaskets that can easily be identified and included in singular quantities, gasket kits are likely to contain many other parts that are in greater and varying quantities. It is often a challenge for the end user of the kit or the wholesale distributor to verify the contents for each kit as it is received. Therefore, we recommend, when possible, to purchase gasket kits that are compiled at their source to ensure that all parts needed during a job will be included in each kit.
Just as there are differences in quantities of varying part numbers in kits, at a much more fundamental level there are critical differences in the manufacturing requirements of each part. At this level, the production, assembly and also the review of any kit will require a deeper engineering knowledge and a greater understanding of the manufacturing process of each individual part.
The types of gaskets mentioned in Counterman’s article, such as MLS-type cylinder head gaskets, molded valve cover and oil pan gaskets as well as many other types such as graphite composite, fiber composite, single layer steel, rubber edge bonded metal and rubber coated steel all depend on the individual design specifications and meticulous manufacturing processes that create them. In our recent article, in which we examined the differences of Metal versus Rule dies, we pointed out many reasons why of the use of metal stamping tools is vital for cylinder head gasket manufacturing. While our past article focused on comparing critical manufacturing requirements, primarily for cylinder head gaskets, here we expand on it. We take it one step further to point out the fact that every single part in a kit has crucial design features, which can effectively be ensured by the manufacturer of the part.
At Temel Gaskets we manufacture all items that compose our sets. For all parts in our extensive product range we begin the process by designing and manufacturing the tools within our facilities. Our expert engineering team, from design to material selection to final packaged product, supervises the entire production timeline.
Additionally, any kit from Temel Gaskets can be customized to include only those items, which are required for the specific application.
In closing, we wholeheartedly agree that gaskets are ideally sold in sets. We wish to take this opportunity to encourage all of our readers to buy gaskets in sets and buy the ones that are compiled entirely at the source.
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The images in this post are a few examples of the gasket kits Temel Gaskets offers. Most cylinder head gaskets from our current range are available as kits also.