Now that we have identified the problem with this '07 Honda Ridgeline and know it is leaking from the #4 exhaust valves it is time to pull the head off and gather some more data! Let's see what we find.
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43 thoughts on “Honda ridgeline part 2 – front head removal”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Braun Howitzer says:

    Probably why she had the 100k service done at 79K. Someone probably told her that was why and she requested it. Why would the adviser recommend it? Then when it didnt fix it it became, they broke my car. I see it all the time. If the customers lips are moving theyre lying. Its why she is shopping for service, dealer told her to beat it.

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Braun Howitzer says:

    New car tech's are the worst….no consequences.

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Desi 4lyfe says:

    In India, it will cost less than 200$ to do all the valve jobs on that vehicle and that is on high side. When I mean all, cylinders 1 2 3 as well. Additional 200, we can do piston rings as well. For 500$, we can do spark plugs, oil change, complete detail and brakes & rotors.

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

    Do the valves job your self , if valves seat is pitting than send to machine shop cut the valves seats, all 6 cylinders either clean old valves or replace all 24 valves your self

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Rick Carran says:

    How do you keep all the bolts straight, so when it comes time to put it back together, Ever get confused?

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

    Eric O. & Andrew Camarada are the only two reasons that I would ever consider moving to New York for 🙂

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Danny Cole says:

    One comment I would like to make, it's not always the mechanic. Service advisors sell stuff for their CSI scores. Not to mention for up sells.that is the reason we are hourly in our shop. Dealerships pay flag hours so mechanics are rushed to make a check. They guess or they don't make hours.

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Danny Cole says:

    Just did one 2 days ago for a broken knock sensors harness. Had to overlay it with a new wire and insulator. Not available for 3 weeks. Nobody has time for that.

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Eric says:

    the dealer is NOT off the hook because they should have recommended a fuel system service and induction service 🤣

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

    Wow No bad Valves Timing job not at fault from dealership tons of Carbon Build up Like it was Drinking oil for A snack Eric O @SouthMainAutoRepairLLC

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Bob Breezee says:

    I have 500.000 klm on my 06 Ridgeline

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Leslie Q says:

    So… a can of Seafoam could have solved this problem??

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars JIMMY FIELDS says:

    I just got 2006 ridgeline 179k looks new quiet as a mouse but going down the highway it will spreatically make a sound like on road warning stripes and then stops and repeats in a little bit. live in southern Missouri and no real help here. I am 73 old disabled vet and was wanting some direction to go on this. thanks Jim

  14. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars William Bowen says:

    Question, so, large . Impact sockets mass create:stronger impacting power ?thank you for de answering

  15. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars william goodwin says:

    Great video!

  16. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Darkchove says:

    Be honest lol did you personally take the timing belt off?

  17. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Darkchove says:

    Lol love you callin them out especially after last vid when you said you felt bad for her for dealership not having more to do with her after camoflagin their mistakes etc

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

    Is it possible for none of the valves to have bent If the timinng belt breaks? Shouldn't some bend?

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

    I am considering buying a 2007 Pilot with 220k on it. It's really clean, no dents, very little rust. It was overheated and has a bad cylinder head / gasket problem. The owner wants $900. Not sure if I should take the risk and buy it. I would do the work myself, and send the heads out to a local machine shop.

  20. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Bill Smith says:

    What do you call jeans with no watch pocket? Mom jeans

  21. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Tom Kimbrel says:

    Eric I truly wish I lived closer to you as you are a true professional and an honest man 👨. You have my admiration and I would engage you as my permanent service business and I would really like a friendship without being too personal. Oh yes, greetings from Idaho!

  22. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars DIY Dave says:

    I realize this video is five years old, but every the I watch it, I can't help but wonder why the owner didn't go all the way to Honda and fight for a warranty repair on the engine if the damage occurred at 70k miles. Honda power train warranty goes to 100k if I'm not mistaken. Betting the dealership wouldn't have wanted too close an inspection of that head.

  23. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Norm Sebby says:

    valve seals

  24. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars J L says:

    Can this be from the Honda recall? On several years they had a problem where they did not clock the rings correctly? The service bulletin was a head job on the front head and replacement of the rings? The problem was that oil accumulates in piston one and eventually causes misfire issues which is a requirement for the dealer to address the recall?????

    Honda extended the factory warranty to 10 years and 12000(not sure if the mileage part is accurate).

  25. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars J L says:

    Should I change the crankshaft seal when I do the timing belt if it's dry and doesn't look to be leaking? Will they last 200k or 300k, at what point should I change it? Wondering if I replace it if it will leak sooner than just leaving the factory one I place?

  26. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars David Robertson says:

    We used to have a boat with twin 3,8 V 6. On one trip we had engine problem. We pulled into dock in northern BC and the neighbor was a Triple A drag racer and his mechanic was with him. They asked if we wanted them to look at engine. He said it was carboned up on one cylinder by looking at plugs. He said they could maybe fix it or blow up the engine. He put the plugs back in after cleaning them. Then he told me to run engine at 1,500 RPM and he slowly over 10 minutes poured a pint of water into the carb. He said it would either blow the engine or knock the carbon out. Engine worked fine after that. We kept the boat for 2 more years. Engine never consumed oil be tween oil changes. Engine was GM 1982 marine block and not fuel inject.

  27. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jose De Avila says:

    You sir are are a real mechanic love your work

  28. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jerry Kegel says:

    No Mechanic is as Thorough As You….God bless!

  29. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jerry Kegel says:

    And now: start using Seafoam every 5th tank full of fuel…. I’ll swear by it! Thankyou…

  30. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Joshua Hutchins says:

    Don’t know if this has ever been asked but do you tell your customers their car is on YouTube being fixed?

  31. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Abc Def says:

    Here is how new car dealerships and their mechanics roll: they purposefully do lousy work and break as much minor stuff as possible then charge at least $2,500 regardless of how much work was done, then give you back your vehicle. Then knowing full well you will be calling back the same day or following day lo and behold you are informed you now need a new car and they already got one pjcked out for you. Now the real gravy for the dealership is when they offer you virtually nothing for your old vehicke they just sabotaged via their mechanics. They know what they did to your old vehicle to make it appear that it was worthless like draining out half your tranny fluid so your vehicle seems to have had a bad tranny. All they have to do once they got the vehicle from you as a trade-in is to undo the sabotage they did to rip you off, clean the car up and sell it on one of their own used car lots or sell it to one usually located just down the street from the dealership.

  32. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Hawk 1966 says:

    You said the dealer was off the hook but only in they didn't cause the valve leak. They still did. Lousy work, chowdered up the motor mount. They were also real ass-holes to the customer.

  33. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Georgiaboy 9009 says:

    Difference between an Enthusiast and a Mechanic? Enthusiast says "(Insert Car Manufacturer) cars are junk/pieces of crap" where as a Mechanic will eventually say "All cars are pieces of crap"

  34. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Zoran S says:

    Me being a mechanic I spray everything with penetrating lubricant, when.i watch someone taking something apart I keep saying to myself.. come on.. spray some penetrating oil!

  35. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Ricardo Ellison says:

    As a 24+ yr tech & 14 yrs worth at a Honda dealer….that carbon build up never reared its head till I worked on my own Suzuki GS 1150ES, one cylinder was out…popped the head off & bits of carbon fouling the valve-seat. New seals & a good lapping in & it all was good..

  36. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars J B W says:

    Next time. Safety first, Common sense says disconnect the battery before starting this job. Also I love to pull out my Pine hill diagnostics Teslong Borscope and with the side camera you may of diagnosed that carbon issue a whole lot easier.

  37. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Anglegrinder46 says:

    Just to vent,some asshole told me "it's your timing belt and it's a big job you should just sell"..Me:Amazon Timing Belt Kit+Sunday

  38. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Anglegrinder46 says:

    In case anyone gets down this far into engine and your FUEL INJECTORS ARE SEIZED,DO NOT YANK AND PULL THE RAIL,SIMPLE FIX,get LUBE GREASE INTO THE HOLES LET SIT FOR 10 MIN they slip right experience

  39. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Garry Kennedy says:

    Ya know what I'm thinking? The number 4 cylinder coil to plug spring was faulty causing all that carbon build up. Maybe just running some Sea Foam through to clear it out and replacing, or cleaning that fricken spring would have fixed it up easily! Something worth thinking about in all future dealings such as this one. Could have been a cheap easy fix???? Maybe????? I think worth trying in the future. If it's not getting fire on the compression stroke, oil will be able to travel easier also wouldn't it? Therefore more oil consumption????? Not knowing what a machine shop has to say, and going with my theory,, Ignoring a misfire can lead to a much more serious problem if ignored for too long. Such as this one. That electrical contact spring from the (in this case) #4 coil having corrosion could have easily caused this whole debacle. Valve guide seal could also do that, but such a low mileage engine seems unlikely but not impossible.
    You got a good one there on your hands. You have a GREAT way of troubleshooting about you which explains why you love doing what you do. God bless you and yours brother. You're a good man.

  40. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Robert S says:

    What is your location

  41. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Michael Hall says:

    We are rootin' for you Eric every step of the way; challenging project.

  42. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Hellsbane Demonslayer says:

    Can't help but wonder how much the dealership ripped the lady off for.

  43. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Joe Rico says:

    South Main Auto Doctor you the man even though mrs. O is the boss lady lol

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