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When was the last time you checked your vehicle's water pipe? If the puddle of coolant on your garage's floor is growing larger and larger each day, the culprit may be a leaky pipe. You know how dangerous it is to drive with a coolant leak 'cause you just don't know when doomsday will strike and your vehicle will turn into a steaming road block. Like all parts of your cooling system, the pipe needs to be replaced once it's old and rusty or even cracked at spots. Fortunately, there are many heavy-duty water pipes today that'll fit your vehicle seamlessly. These aftermarket pipes have a heavy-duty built and are rigorously engineered to precisely match OEM specs. Install one in and you can forget about coolant leaks for a long, long time. Here's a tip: be prepared in case you have to remove the old pipe from underneath your vehicle. In any case, the installation job is doable enough and a DIYer like you can do it perfectly without requiring the costly assistance of a mechanic. To start fixing your vehicle, get a new high-quality water pipe right now here at Auto Parts Warehouse. We have more than 550,000 auto parts in stock and they're all available with up to 70% off on regular retail prices! If you're not cool with the idea of overheating in the middle of the highway, don't postpone the replacement job any longer. Get a new water pipe today.
How to Replace a Water Pipe
Like all other vehicle parts, your water pipe gets worn out over time. Even if it's made from the toughest materials that have good resistance from corrosion, replacing it after a certain period of time is inevitable. Here are the steps on how to change your water pipe.
Difficulty level: Moderate
Tools that you'll need:
- Mallet or hammer
- Penetrating oil
- Nut drivers
- Throttle body cleaner
- Thin scraper
Step 1: Open the hood of your car. Take off the intake tube by loosening the screws and pulling off the hose.
Step 2: Unbolt the throttle body, and remove it.
Step 3: Disconnect the hose holding the intake manifold and the idle control valve together. Simply twist it for it to come off.
Step 4: Undo the nuts attaching the upper intake manifold to the lower manifold. Carefully lift up the manifold to remove it.
Step 5: Remove the thermostat housing. You may also remove the oil filter housing if you want to have better access to the pipe, but it's really not necessary.
Step 6: Disconnect the two electric connections on the side of a small black plastic box. Remove the nuts holding this box.
Step 7: Unscrew the water pipe bolts. The back-end bolt can be found behind the hose connection.
Step 8: Clean the water pipe, and scrape off the old gasket.
Step 9: Remove the water pipe. Use the bracket and leverage to pry it off.
Step 10: Install the new water pipe by centering the inlet onto the block. Make sure that the pipe is not lopsided. Once you have it on right, push the pipe in as hard as you can. You may also gently tap it in using a mallet until you hear a plunk sound.
Tip and warning
- In removing the intake manifold, make sure that you are lifting it up evenly on all sides or else it might get stuck on some bolts.
- Be careful of the bottom part of the intake. It's really sharp.