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post #1 of 18 Old 03-09-2017, 02:40 PM Thread Starter
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Changed the Vtec gasket again today

Well since I still had a slight leak after replacing the Vtec gasket like 2 years ago, I took a risk and opened it up again. When I did it the first time, I used an inch pound wrench from the top and I couldn't get a feel for how evenly the bolts were tightened and I thought I may have stripped a thread. Since the leak was only very slight I should have left it alone but I had to give it another try.

This time I did it from underneath while I had the oil filter off. The bolts had almost seized in place and were very difficult to get loose with the 1/4" ratchet I was using.

Upon reinstall, I sprayed everything with brake clean and used new bolts from Honda. I tightened one bolt, which loosened the other two, and kept slightly tightening them until they all were what I thought was tight. We'll see if it stays dry now.


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In before @salcuta asks if you did the V6 Vtec gasket mod.

Did you do it right this time? Good call on new bolts.

You cannot count this as meticulously maintaining your accord because you were repairing your screw up.

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In before @salcuta asks if you did the V6 Vtec gasket mod.

Did you do it right this time? Good call on new bolts.

You cannot count this as meticulously maintaining your accord because you were repairing your screw up.
I think so. It helped a lot doing it from underneath. The old bolts seemed fine but they were like $1 a piece so I just ordered them with the new gasket.

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In before @salcuta asks if you did the V6 Vtec gasket mod.
Nah nah nah, the V6 dipstick is a priority now. I'm still waiting on that.

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Nah nah nah, the V6 dipstick is a priority now. I'm still waiting on that.
No V6 mods to the engine, don't want to blow a plug or anything.....

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No V6 mods to the engine, don't want to blow a plug or anything.....
No kidding, you might blow that #5 plug!!
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When I did it the first time, I used an inch pound wrench from the top and I couldn't get a feel for how evenly the bolts were tightened.
Sure you did.

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Sure you did.

I really did, but as you know doing it from the top side it's hard to feel if it's going to over tighten or not. This time, underneath, I used a very short 1/4" ratchet which gave me a lot better indication of how tight I was tightening it.

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If you pinched the gasket, then the solenoid lift up at a specific edge. For something that small torque the corners in 3 steps.

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I bet you bent the shit out of your VTEC solenoid by overtightening it; it leaked again because it wasn't making a good seal around the new gasket. You'd better pull it apart again and just replace it, otherwise you risk the car coming onto VTEC too soon and bending the valves in the head.

Since your in there, you could probably swap the single I4 VTEC solenoid for two V6 VTEC solenoids for double the VTEC and horsepower, but you'll probably blow the trans from not doing fluid changes regularly enough.


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Once you strip things, it's better to do by feel. You wouldn't know for sure if the it's the bolt, or the hole threads. I wouldn't have gone back with a torque wrench at that point, at least not blindly waiting for a click.

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The bolts can't be stripped. They're steel and the head is aluminum. The aluminum would get trashed without even so much as scratching a bolt.

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I bet you bent the shit out of your VTEC solenoid by overtightening it; it leaked again because it wasn't making a good seal around the new gasket. You'd better pull it apart again and just replace it, otherwise you risk the car coming onto VTEC too soon and bending the valves in the head.

Since your in there, you could probably swap the single I4 VTEC solenoid for two V6 VTEC solenoids for double the VTEC and horsepower, but you'll probably blow the trans from not doing fluid changes regularly enough.
How is it this thread didn't get the ole (BOWEL MOVEMENT) treatment that typically follows this kind of language?

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