Should you change your clamps and gaskets every time you service your emission system?
Hi, I'm Steve Hoke, President of Diesel Emission Service.
Hi, I'm Wayne Cochran. I'm National Sales Manager for the Red Line Emissions Products brand. Steve and I thought we would take a few minutes and put together some quick tips using commonly asked questions that we get to our helpline.
Alright, here's a good one. Should you change your clamps and gaskets every time you service the emission system?
That is a definite yes.
I agree. But why?
Well, the gaskets tend to be a no brainer. Gaskets will heat up, get dry, get brittle, and are often stuck to the components when you're removing the system from the vehicle. So, everyone automatically says, "Yep, gaskets are a good idea." But clamps, everyone wants to try reusing the clamps. But think about it for a moment. Clamps undergo countless heat, cool cycles on the vehicle. There's road vibration. There's the weight of the system hanging down. All of these factors are coming together and stretching the apex of these clamps. The clamps themselves are designed to hold these components together very tightly and keep in all the exhaust gases and heat. So, changing the clamps is a definite, definite requirement when you're working with an emission system.
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