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Hello, I have an old American Standard toilet (1985) and one of the bolts that holds the fill tank to the actual toilet bowl is leaking......

Do I just need to go to local hardware store and get a new washer and bolt and replace?

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Yes, those parts are a 'Standard' (excuse pun) part. Replace them both and the seal between the tank and bowl. Buy a small tube of silicone too. There are bound to be videos of how to replace. It is fairly straight forward. Don't overtighten the bolts, finger tight and a quarter turn.

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