In Reply to: Interesting idea, esp if you live in the rust>>> posted by Bill on February 19, 2002 at 15:42:43:
However, assuming that the mount itself is torqued up properly, you shouldn't have any water coming up to rot the paper gasket. Mine looked fine when they came out after at least 3 years of being in the car. Maybe the best belt and suspenders solution would be to use a new paper gasket, and then run a bead of RTV around the perimeter of the mount (underneath) so no moisture could work its way up there. I'd hesitate to use gasket snot in place of the paper gasket, just b/c it would be a mess to clean up later.
I used all those parts, but I did not use the paper gaskets. My mechanic at the time told me the paper gaskets gathered moisture and helped to rot out the upper shock mounts. So instead a putty was recommended to me. I used it and that's all I've got.
That was a good tip I thought, think about it
squeeze out and ineffective as a gasket.RTV would be the same except more of a mess to clean up. Your mount will need to be replace before rust set in. Original gasket is the most effective and design to prevent the part from rusting to the chassis.