Buying a Car Water Pipe 101: What to Do to Get the Best Pipe
A car water pipe is a car part that assists your heating and cooling system (that is, the HVAC or Heater, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning System) so that it could work perfectly during the winter months. It helps connect your heater hoses, water pumps, and cooling system gadgetry together. Without it, you'd have a busted system, just like one busted home water pipe could affect the function of your faucets and so forth.
Pointers for Shopping
- Make and Model: Although there's a lot more leeway with buying a water pipe for your car, such that generic models are allowable, it's still pays to know the make, model, year, and engine type (or in this case cooler type) of your vehicle so that you can get the perfect fit. It's also preferable to buy an OEM replacement that's completely and perfectly compatible with your HVAC system before altogether going the aftermarket route.
- Discounts and Low Prices: There are loads of promos you can avail of from the aftermarket auto shops out there that vary from one store to the next. But if you want more convenience, you can always get this part online as this is available 24/7 and even offers discounts and low prices.
- What to Look for in a Water Pipe: Aside from getting the lowest price of water pipes possible, you should temper your bargain shopping with the specs of the pipe so that you're assured you're getting the most value for your investment. Usually, a busted pipe is the one that's causing your coolant to leak and compromising your entire HVAC setup.
- Checking Out the Specs: Aside from checking out user reviews and online ratings to gauge their satisfaction over a water pipe aftermarket replacement that caught your eye, you also need to check the specifications of the pipe in question to get an objective review of the product. It should fit with your rubber seal perfectly, and it should be brand new to resist future corrosion (don't buy used parts unless this is for a used car).
- A Water Pipe Kit versus a Standalone Water Pipe: Both kits and standalone car part pipe replacements can save you money and hassles in their own unique ways. A kit comes complete with everything you need for a coolant pipe replacement, such as gaskets and tools, saving you the trouble of buying separate tools. If you're already an amateur DIY mechanic in your own right, just buying the pipe is enough for your needs.
Pointers for Review
Remember that a good pipe to shop for is one that can transfer coolants effectively as well as transfer excess heat away from the heater core and the engine. So be very cautious when shopping for replacement water pipe. Do take the time when looking at the options available to get the exact pipe for your specific make and model.
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.