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Old 03-24-2017, 09:47 PM
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Ok guys, I got a problem here that'd make a southern Baptist preacher cuss.

I bent my dipstick tube trying to extract my flange to replace the O ring on that. So I finally got the new tube and some spare time today. Pulled the starter and started tugging on the old one. Got that one out in 10 minutes, I was like, "Gee, maybe this wont be so bad." Yeah I was wrong about that. . .

This new one has a mind of its own, and its set on NOT going into the flange. I have been messing with it for 1-2 hours, and I just now got the O ring on the tube to go in just a little bit.

So, heres where Im at. Its in past the O ring holder things on the tube, no more than a 1/16th. Wont budge at all.

Im literally hanging from my truck, left hand on the driveshaft, right hand with a little rubber grippy thing on the tube, and Im pulling my hands together. And the driveshaft broke in half. . . not really ha, but it really does feel like it. Im no hulk hogan, but I can move some weight, and this thing is totally kickin my butt. To say Im "pith off" would be an understatement
 
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Old 03-24-2017, 09:59 PM
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They are tight and I have messed with them before. Now, I change the o-ring with one a little thinner. It still goes in firm but you can actually get it in. I have tried to chamfer the hole where it goes, lube, and simple brute force. Now I put a smaller ring and a dab of silicone for good measure, no problems yet.
 
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I never thought about that. Ive got a box of O rings I bet I could find the right size. Now when you say silicone, are you talking about lube or sealant? I will try this and see where I get thanks.
 
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Old 03-24-2017, 10:13 PM
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After I get the tube in place with the smaller o-ring, I put some silicone (rtv sealant) around the port to make sure nothing gets in and leaks into the engine around the smaller o-ring.
 
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Remove the fender liner it will save you grief. Also have someone help you install it illegally difficult trying to do it yourself.
 
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After I get the tube in place with the smaller o-ring, I put some silicone (rtv sealant) around the port to make sure nothing gets in and leaks into the engine around the smaller o-ring.
once I got the smaller o ring on there I figured out what you meant

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Remove the fender liner it will save you grief. Also have someone help you install it illegally difficult trying to do it yourself.
I dont get what you mean by illegally

Yeah, I shouldve removed the wheel and the liner. But I got it done just by moving the starter. Neck hurts, arms are sore, head is pounding. BUT. I DID IT!!! Thanks a lot Ryan! reps headed your way. Ill let the silicon cure overnight and see if I left any holes. Gonna torque the starter down and call it a night. Hopefully I can get the oil changed over the weekend. Stuff is piling up as far as truck projects. Glad to have this one out of the way tho!
 
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Old 03-25-2017, 02:46 PM
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This dam new phone is really sensitive when trying to type and one misspelled word throws a whole different word lol... but yes you need someone to help you pry it into place, also it goes around the exhaust manifold not between the manifold and head
 
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Yep I got it the same way the old one came out.
 
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Sorry I'm late to the show. The o-ring is uniquely beveled to fit in the tube flange.

It doesn't take much for it to swell and not fit back in the flange. I went to Ford and spent a few bucks on a replacement. A little oil on it, slipped it around the dipstick tube, and it pushed easily back into the flange. You can feel it slide into place (it's like a 'click' without clicking).

It is much easier to do this with the fender liner removed (and the starter out).
 
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I dont get what you mean by illegally
I bet it was his phone autocorrecting "it's really" to "illegally."

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