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Can you over tighten a gasket?

Question: Can you over tighten a gasket when installing?


Yes, it is possible to over-tighten a gasket. Over-tightening a gasket can lead to several issues, such as:

  1. Compression set: If the gasket is over-compressed, it can cause the gasket to lose its ability to rebound, leading to a loss in sealing effectiveness over time.
  2. Gasket damage: Over-tightening can cause the gasket to tear or rupture, which will result in a leak.
  3. Bolt failure: Over-tightening can also cause the bolts to stretch beyond their yield point, which can cause them to fail.

Therefore, it is important to follow the manufacturer’s recommended torque specifications when tightening gaskets to ensure proper sealing and prevent damage to the gasket or other components.