96 V6 Heater/Bypass tube
Trying to remove my lower intake on a 96 3.8. The only thing stopping me at this point is a metal tube that my haynes says is pressed in to the water pump to the left of the thermostat housing. The tube at the pump has a Y where the top is the coolant bypass hose, and the lower Y is this solid metal tube that runs up and over the manifold to the rear the engine where it mates with a heater hose. The other heater hose runs around the passenger side valve cover.
Without this tube removed, I cannot remove the fuel rails, unless I separate some of the semi-soft lines that connect both sides of the engine in front.
What I don't understand is the Water pump removal manual says nothing about pulling the plenum to get to this tube, yet the top-end tear-down guide says this tube is not removable and also says nothing about pulling the water pump.
Should I separate the halves of the fuel rails and just replace that hose, or pull the water pump to remove the hose and keep the fuel rail intact?
I will upload a pic of what I'm talking about as soon as my dumbphone gets the pic through to my email.
dlopez916 -- Excuse my lack of knowledge, but WTH is this Snake Oil you guys mention, and if it benefits the car, how and where can I get it?