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PostSubject: TBI ICM thermal paste?   Sun Mar 07, 2010 7:23 pm

Should there be thermal paste on the ICM for TBI engines?
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PostSubject: Me Too   Sun Mar 07, 2010 9:53 pm

Taking myself back to newb status.
I seem to remember reading something about this ?
What's thermal paste and should it be on MY ICM. Rolling Eyes
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PostSubject: Re: TBI ICM thermal paste?   Mon Mar 08, 2010 12:56 am

There is supposed to be a dielectric lube/paste on the bottom of the ignition module where it mounts against the base of the dizzy.

When I had installed a new distributor, the paste that GM had put under the module kind of looked like white frosting, and another time when doing just the module, the included lube just looked like petroleum jelly or dielectric grease.
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PostSubject: Re: TBI ICM thermal paste?   Mon Mar 08, 2010 2:08 am

thermal paste

It looked like there wasn't any on my truck and just a hint of some on the sapre that I had. I put some on.
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PostSubject: Re: TBI ICM thermal paste?   Mon Mar 08, 2010 1:46 pm

Thermal paste is used to allow effective heat transfer from an object to it's cooler. Most commonly used in computers to allow the heat from the chips to pass into the heatsinks more efficiently. For automotive applications it's not needed since your not using heatsinks. Your actually probably going to be using some sort of dielectric grease which inhibits moisture from entering and corroding the connections.

On a side note thermal paste is actually a form of liquidized silver so don't allow much skin contact or you'll get Argyria Wink
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