The Proper Way to Install Water Pipe O-Rings
The water pipe o-ring is responsible for stopping water to leak out of your water pipes. It ensures proper flow of water throughout your engine system, by keeping water from seeping out of your pipes. Although the water pipe o-rings are built from hardwearing rubber or plastic materials, they are not completely damage-proof. They will eventually wear over time. Water pipe o-ring is an integral part of your cooling system, so when the time comes that your o-ring already gave up, you should immediately replace it to prevent further damage and/or failure of your cooling system such a overheating. Here's how to install a new water pipe o-ring to prevent some serious engine problems.
Difficulty level: Moderate
What you'll need:
- Adjustable wrench
- Large bucket
- Jack and jack stands
- Rubber gloves
- Torque wrench
- Bucket or container
Step 1: Make sure to prepare all the needed tools for this DIY installation project. Wear your rubber gloves for protection.
Step 2: Choose a well-ventilated and safe area to park your car. Avoid direct sunlight. Make sure that your engine is turned off.
Step 3: Use your screwdriver to disconnect the negative cable terminals, while preventing the positive cable to touch any metal part (to avoid electric shock and short circuit).
Step 4: In this step, you need to carefully lift up your car using a jack. Use jack stands for support. For your safety, ensure that the jack stands are heavy-duty to prevent unwanted accidents that can be fatal.
Step 5: Now, place a container or a bucket under the radiator.
Step 6: Open the radiator cap and drain plug that is located underneath.
Step 7:Use your adjustable wrench to take away all the parts leading to the water pipes with faulty o-rings. We recommend that you replace all the o-rings attached to the pipes, since they are not so expensive. By doing so, you are helping your cooling system to prevent leakage.
Step 8: Carefully remove the old o-rings and install the new one. Install them to the bypass pipes and water pump inlet hose.Incorrect installation might result in premature wear, so make sure that they are correctly and tightly placed.
Step 9: You just need to put back all the parts you have removed.
Step 10: Put back both the drain plug and radiator cap in their proper place.
Step 11: Carefully remove the jack stands and lower your vehicle.
Step 12: Relink the negative battery cable using the screwdriver.
Step 13: Top up your radiator. Use a recommended and trusted brand of coolant in your vehicle. Do not forget to dispose the drained coolant properly to avoid unwanted circumstances that can potentially harm humans or even animals. Help save the environment by simply doing so.
Step 14: Now is the time to rev up your engine and check for leaks.
Water pipe o-rings are less expensive compared to other parts of your cooling system They are readily available in your favorite auto parts centers or online stores. If you're a beginner, the entire process will take you approximately two hours. For expert DIYers, it can only take about an hour.