Coolant elbow blues .....proper replacement procedure?
I just finished the upper manifold replacement and lower intake gasket replacement. Fired it up and coolant is blowing around the plastic elbow from the lower intake.
I used a slight amount of oil on the new o'rings to allow the new elbow to slide in without tearing the o'rings, but should I have not used any oil?
Is there a proper technique for lowering the lower intake onto the gaskets while trying to guide the plastic elbow into the manifold with your third and fourth hands? Is this part of the operation really a two person job?
Rather than disassemble everything from the top, would it make more sense to remove the tensioner bracket and realign/reinsert the elbow that way?
If I have to tear it all apart again, do I have to get new gaskets for both the upper and lower manifolds or can either one or both be reused?
Thanks for the help.