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Honda ridgeline – cylinder head installation – Auto Repair Chat

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The head is back from the machine shop and everything checked out OK so this will be the last part of replacing the front cylinder head on this Honda Ridgeline. In this video we will install the cam and rocker arms, torque the head down and here this baby puuurrrrr once again!
Part 1 : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=buqkld9DhY0
Part 2 : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xz8u9K1_Kvk
Part 3 : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5J4LGXLHft4
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49 thoughts on “Honda ridgeline – cylinder head installation”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars geodude9537 says:

    just wonder what the actual cost was?

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Noel Gunning says:

    See how he had to catch his breath when Mrs. O walked in.
    Love this guy.

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars bill dolan says:

    When you have to do the work on one head , is it practical to do both, or not financially realistic?

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Scott Moola says:

    Are those specs just for the Honda Ridgeline or are they basically for all J35's with 12 point head bolts? The tq sequence-specs. Cuz that 121 ft lbs kinda seems like it's over tightening it

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Will Willwill says:

    Thanks. Great video. Cam pulley get torqued?

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars 67 Box says:

    Nice videos and detailing the messed up engine fix. We need honest people like you.
    Nice job!!

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jerry Simpson says:

    Yes

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mike Saum says:

    I'm about to to do the exact same job curious as what to charge a good friend as there's LOTS of extra leg work machine shop etc which I usually just "eat" seems I need to buffer a bit but not gouge

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars paul joey says:

    Love his perfection practice

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars LTP Ma says:

    Oooh ooo I see the queen coming LOL !!! My lord !!!. That aluminum block withstand all that head bolts torque? That scary me , hope it safe . Back in the 80’s / early 90’s we don’t have all the gadgets toys torque degree , but in those date only cast iron block only never have aluminum block wouldn’t even withstand all those torque , Honda sure made this head gasket seal tight

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Kirby Tabor says:

    This video helped me alot, i did both heads-it ran great for 1 yr then the new OEM Honda tensioner went out and timing belt broke☹️Gonna run a compression test and replace all valves in any low cylinders 👍Bought an Autozone tensioner, lower timing cover, timing belt stopper plate, jb weld a piece that stopper bolts to on oil pump and see what i got🙏

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars AreaCopier says:

    And what's the first thing we hear at start up? The dreaded power steering pump.

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Brian Stephenson says:

    I realize this video has been a while but I did enjoy watching it. I think what makes a good shop an excellent shop is one it's not afraid to admit their human and can make mistakes. That's for the video series on the Ridgeline!

  14. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Daniel Reynolds says:

    Honda tech here, every time I have to replace those piston rings (service bulletin for fouled plugs 1-3 and sometimes 4) I just about crap my pants torquing those head bolts. I also see that 17 mil bolt stripped a lot from previous repairs. It’s not hard to avoid that however, just start the two 14 mils and then the 17 mil by hand then run ‘em home. Anyway I’ve never seen the machining process so what you did show was pretty cool thanks for taking us along!

  15. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars ThatHondaGuy says:

    Good deal! A happy ending to another one of your detailed, informative videos! Like many others, I “stayed tuned” for the whole series and learned a lot, in the process, as I (may) have to this myself, real soon.

    One question, though: Am I mistaken that once you either break that seal on the coolant system (OR in this case, where it was emptied and refilled), that you have to “burp” the cooling system, after everything’s all back together? 🤷

  16. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Antonio Claudio Michael says:

    Glad to see it back together and it's running Smooth Eric O @SouthMainAutoRepairLLC

  17. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Antonio Claudio Michael says:

    I'm surprised you can reuse the torque to yield bolts Eric O good work As Always @SouthMainAutoRepairLLC

  18. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Gregory Thomas says:

    My worry is the guides on the other head…if these were that bad chances are they will be needing replacing as well…probably sooner rather than later.

  19. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Joseph bradshaw says:

    If a head needs to go to a machine shop i automatically would pull both heads as the other is generally not far off to failing as well.

  20. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars KickOutTheJhm says:

    ”enter words of criticism here”

  21. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Johnny Sechrist says:

    Chevy dealerships had a recall on wrong headbolts once while I worked at the dealership….heads would swell and break the bolts then the head gasket would blow. Even though I was on alignment rack, had to do a few. Opened my own garage not long after because they pulled their sponsorship from my late model stock. Napa did step up.

  22. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Victor Soto says:

    Eric You're a great, honest mechanic!

  23. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Rojas Hernandez's says:

    This a great video. 👍
    I have a question .
    Do you have a link for the gasket kit .
    Thanks in advance and god bless.

  24. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Phil Jerome says:

    I am currently in the process of replacing both head gaskets on a 2007 Pilot, with 220,000 miles. It had a blown head gasket. I sent both heads out for a complete re-build. The machinist said that they weren't that bad. I've set the valve adjustments on the work bench, they were all way too tight. I'm guessing that was because metal was removed from the valve seats and the valve faces.

  25. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Darkchove says:

    Factory specs lol , do you revaulate your factory speced forearms / update anually? lol

  26. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars jim burns says:

    You can install a toggle switch to SILENCE that DingDang doorbell while your filming!!! No scanner required!
    If Mrs. O doesn't shoot you for forgetting to turn it back on. LOL

  27. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Alan Robison says:

    Do they still "magnaflux" heads. I have been out of the profession since the 70's and that is how we detected cracked heads.

  28. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars David SCHWANDT says:

    I you not editing out little mistakes.

  29. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars michelediane miller says:

    Using Lucas oil stabilizer as start up lube…. When done lubing everything up…. Pour rest in with the oil

  30. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars JT Jones says:

    It's unnerving as heck when you go to torque those new head bolts down 270 degrees. I just did a complete rebuild on an Accord F23A1. Even with a 3 foot long pull handle and an angle gauge, it's a pain trying to get those head bolts tight on that 3rd 90 degree pass. Of course the bolts are huge, some of the biggest head bolts I've seen.

  31. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Datsuntech says:

    With the amount of work you did I would have just done the other head. If one is bad the other can't be far behind. It seems like false economy to me.

  32. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Timothy Conner says:

    Door chime is not a big deal Bro!
    Keep up the good work! Good, honest mechanics, willing to go the extra mile, are hard to find these days. Too bad I’m in Texas.

  33. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Emmanuel Kuegbala says:

    Amazing workdone

  34. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars TL Stanbro says:

    Do you ever put oil seals in the freezer

  35. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars James Koralewski says:

    I thought you're supposed to use a brass pick to remove O rings?

  36. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars William Chadwick says:

    Great job! Any thoughts on whether any "carbon removal" product might have postponed the customer's need to have the head pulled? Perhaps enough carbon removal to clear the code for say 30K miles?
    I realize the guides where not the best, but head pulling is a costly job, and few shops are as trustworthy as yours.

  37. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jo10Mo says:

    No mr. o you took off those plastic clips.

  38. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars rustylab says:

    If it's any consolation, I think I've spent more time with you than my wife in the last 6 months working on her 13 Pilot that had a burnt exhaust valve 1st, (thus the all new counterfeit OEM timing belt components I used….) soooooo….. now I'm back into it again when the timing belt busted and smashed valves. After doing this whole operation twice now in the last 6 months, I can tell you the worst part of the whole head removal process in my opinion is the flippin' exhaust manifold studs. Still not sure how 2 times through I haven't stripped or broke one off….though I DID put 4 of them in tight before I realized I forgot the gasket so I got to do it one whole other time. Anyway I'm loopy from the brake cleaner just wanted to say thanks for great videos. Cheers!

  39. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mike Studmuffin says:

    you should've told the lady you'll get your car when I feel like it. Always underpromise and overdeliver.

  40. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Larry Buttrum says:

    Really enjoyed watching your work.

  41. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jessie Monique says:

    Hi can you say head bolt torque honda odyssey 2005? Please

  42. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Arie says:

    That dinger brings back memories walking into a RadioShack.

  43. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars turbo8454 says:

    Many years ago I worked on a Subaru engine in a friends gyrocopter. One cylinder had more than normal leak down. A piece of carbon had lodged on an exhaust valve face. With a q tip I was able to place a little valve lapping compound on the valve and with the valve spring removed rotated the valve with a drill. It worked perfectly and it saved removing the head.

  44. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Ben Nelson says:

    Love watching your videos. How much was this job?

  45. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jacob Miller says:

    Still here at the end of the video, surely I wasn’t the only one

  46. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars oly o says:

    before first start rid of oil ect .starting fluid ( it evaps very fast) oh it dtinkd or dtsrt a fire bull shit wate 10 sec and go

  47. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Johnny Estrada says:

    Mr o you do a good job keep it up 👍

  48. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Raymond Jr. says:

    Can someone comment on how much I should pay for this work?