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ENGINE AR-COMPLETE 1246735 - Caterpillar

1246735 ENGINE AR-COMPLETE Caterpillar parts 3406E ENGINE
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O-ring seals are made from any of several different materials, according to the characteristics needed for the seal application. Different seal materials must be used for high or low temperature, high or low pressures, rods or shafts which slide or turn, and for the different fluids or gases which must be sealed. The materials used for most seals are: Buna-N, Silicone, Urethane, EPDM (Ethylene Propylene Terpolymer), and FKM (Fluoroelastomer).
The Buna-N material is most common, and is used for seals in many applications. It is black in color, and can be used with most petroleum products, in normal temperature ranges, and at medium pressures. The O-rings used in Duo-Cone Seals are made of a soft grade of Buna-N material.
Silicone material is used for seals in high temperature and low pressure applications. It can be used to seal engine or hydraulic oil, but NOT fuels. Also, a silicone oil or grease must not be used as a lubricant on a silicone seal during installation. The color of silicone seals can be yellow, white, off-white, or red.
Urethane material has especially good resistance to abrasion (wear caused by friction). For this reason, urethane seals are used in many applications on rods or shafts which slide or turn, and to keep out dirt. Urethane material also has a black color.
EPDM material is black, and is currently used for cylinder liner seals in addition to some cooling system and air inlet system applications. This material will swell (become larger) in contact with oil or fuel. Because of this characteristic, only liquid soap can be used on the seal during assembly, except in specific cylinder liner applications as shown in the Service Manual.
FKM material can be black, brown, or green in color, and has good resistance to both high temperatures and high pressures. Applications for seals made of FKM material have increased rapidly with the release of new designs.
To be sure the correct seal is used, the best method of identification is the part number shown on the seal. Check the part number for the seal location as shown in the parts book. This will make sure the correct seal is used for the specific seal location. The size and color of a seal can possibly be used as a guide to identification, but never install an O-ring seal unless the seal material and/or specific part number are positively known. Installation of a seal made of the wrong material can cause high-cost damage to other components.
To permit a good seal and maximum service life, both the seal diameter and the cross-section diameter are important. If the seal must be stretched (pulled larger) too much, or is under too much compression when it is installed, the result can be a seal failure. While some special sizes are used, most O-rings are made in one of five standard cross-section diameters: 0.33 mm (.013"), 1.78 mm (.070"), 3.53 mm (.139"), 5.33 mm (.210"), or 6.99 mm (.275").
The use of correct procedures for installation of O-ring seals is as

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