200ml (6.7oz) aerosol gasket spray and thread sealant. The worlds most fabulous goop! You've got your standard goop, and then you have Hylomar. This is way better than the stuff you can buy at the local discount store. VW says that gasket sealer is unnecessary. They also say that diesel head gaskets don't leak. We recommend a Hylomar, it is a polyester polyol-based compound that turns from a gel into flexible putty within minutes of application. Originally developed by Rolls Royce where it performed under the most stringent aerospace tolerances. Hylomar brings superior qualities to automotive applications. Withstands temperatures from -60F to 600F.
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