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tips to install tii plastic air tubes(solved)


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Reinstalling tii air runners after replacing the headgasket today. For some reason they are incredibly TIGHT. I even tried the old gaskets with no luck. Silicone lube, then motor oil. No go.

Any ideas?

My thought is to loosen all the mounting bolts for the intake plenum to see if it gives me a little space and allow the tubes to pop on.[/i]

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Hi,

well it is not easy to just put them on but there is a trick.

the best way to do this is to boil the runners in a pot

close to the car. you need to wear

gloves and have the NEW orings ready to go.

put the orings on the plenum and lower runner,

inners (cyl 2&3)first, then apply 3M pure silicone,

food grade, no petrolium, to the orings.

now put the hot runner on #3 first then #2

then #4 then #1. put the clamps on the runners

before you slide them onto the intake. tighten them

quickly so the runners don't slide back off.

check the work by using an unlit propane torch

to see if there is any vacuum leaks.

good luck

stone

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Thanks!

The warm water bath did the trick!

I had to replace the fuel return hose as it was spraying fuel all over. I reset the timing- quickly, need to do it better. Anyway, it looks like I can drive to work in a few hours.

Edit/update- started up this morning, went & got gas, noticed a pretty extensive oil leak. It's probably the front timing cover- go figure. Oh well.

Maybe this weekend (after the family stuff) I'll Super blue that and then reset the timing and all so it will run decent. Then I can tear into the E46.

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Edit/update- started up this morning, went & got gas, noticed a pretty extensive oil leak. It's probably the front timing cover- go figure. Oh well.

Maybe this weekend (after the family stuff) I'll Super blue that and then reset the timing and all so it will run decent. Then I can tear into the E46.

Loctite Anaerobic sealant #518 Permatex also sells a VERY similar sealant that I have seen in many Napa stores.... Sean and I love the stuff.

http://www.napaonline.com/Search/Detail.aspx?R=BK_7651189_0282487291

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