How much gasket compression is too much?

Achieving the proper gasket compression via the torque placed on the bolts is a well-engineered, tested and verified process based on the specific type of gasket material.
Sometimes the torque values aren’t followed, or a material gets replaced, and flange surfaces change throughout the repetitive heat cycles. When this happens, you must trust the performance of your gasket material. In some cases, over-compression can happen, and that can lead to problems. View our gasket installation video to learn more.