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i put everything back together and pressed the start button. the motor sounds great! the only problem is the left coolant joint pipe is leaking really bad. i thought i bolted it down at a bad angle so i re-positioned it and pressed down on it as i bolted it down and still no luck. i believe what happened is that gasket sealer stuff i put on did not seal right because the bolts were not bolted in on all the way as it was drying(again, i was too scared of snapping a bolt off). I think i definitely have to take the coolant joint pipe off to clean it well and put it back on. I just fear doing this because the last time i did this it wouldnt go back on as the new o-ring was too firm and didnt let me "squish" it, so i couldnt even line up the bolt holes on the pipe with the ones on the head. beacuse of that, I had to take the head off, bolt it to the head and then bolt the head to the engine block. it was terrible beacuse i had to take eveything apart again and redo the belts( such a pain!!) maybe i should just keep the same o-ring and since it is already in the "shape" it needs to be in? suggestions?
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Didn't the book explain that procedure?

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i put everything back together and pressed the start button. the motor sounds great! the only problem is the left coolant joint pipe is leaking really bad. i thought i bolted it down at a bad angle so i re-positioned it and pressed down on it as i bolted it down and still no luck. i believe what happened is that gasket sealer stuff i put on did not seal right because the bolts were not bolted in on all the way as it was drying(again, i was too scared of snapping a bolt off). I think i definitely have to take the coolant joint pipe off to clean it well and put it back on. I just fear doing this because the last time i did this it wouldnt go back on as the new o-ring was too firm and didnt let me "squish" it, so i couldnt even line up the bolt holes on the pipe with the ones on the head. beacuse of that, I had to take the head off, bolt it to the head and then bolt the head to the engine block. it was terrible beacuse i had to take eveything apart again and redo the belts( such a pain!!) maybe i should just keep the same o-ring and since it is already in the "shape" it needs to be in? suggestions?
Is the leak coming from the o-rings or between the housing and cylinder head? Are you installing the o-ring in the thermostat housing and coolant tube housing then slipping the pipe in to the already installed o-rings? Grease on the o-rings it should go right together. It almost sounds like you put the o-ring on the tube then tried to push the tube with o-ring installed in to the housings. That is not correct. See what is attached.
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I think i definitely have to take the coolant joint pipe off to clean it well and put it back on. I just fear doing this because the last time i did this it wouldn't go back on as the new o-ring was too firm and didnt let me "squish" it, suggestions?

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Didn't the book explain that procedure?
maybe im just looking in the wrong chapter?

redwing, its leaking between the housing and head. o rings are fine. the problem is if i take the housing off, it wont go back on because the new o-ring is too firm ad wont let me push the housing back on all the way. ill try and just keep the same o-ring on there and see how it works out?. AZ, ill try the rubber renewal product if it comes down to it.
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You're putting the oring in the groove in the housing not on the tube, correct?

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You're putting the oring in the groove in the housing not on the tube, correct?

correct. i just reeaaaally don't want to take the head off. not only because all the labor, but i dont want to reuse the gasket.
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It should not be that tight,some pressure but not as much as you indicate,is the o ring Honda. The elbo isnt cracked is it ?try loosening the other side for some slack.

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It should not be that tight,some pressure but not as much as you indicate,is the o ring Honda. The elbo isnt cracked is it ?try loosening the other side for some slack.
o ring is honda, and elbow is not cracked. by the other side do you mean the other housing on the other head?

edit: please remember all this is what happened LAST time I did the head gaskets. i've done nothing to the housing as of now, it still sits on the head connected to the pipe. How do I get it off the pipe without accidentally pulling the pipe off? or does the pipe have to be screwed off? ill look in the book again to seek info, any tips or tricks would be appreciated!

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I would think there would be no issue as Ken said. Is it possible you have an old o-ring still in there somewhere. That is 2 o-rings rather than 1 on each end. Usually you can turn the pipes with your fingers when it is all bolted back together. I might ask if you have the right pipe on the left side but I don't think that is possible. The right pipe is way too long to get it on the left side. Something weird. If you would loosen the thermostat housing that might help but that might not be good to upset that gasket. Loosening the other side would be no help of course.

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