Wait you're not supposed to smear it on with your bare fingers and sniff the tube? Apparently I've been using RTV wrong all this time!
That procedure is for the toluene-based adhesive that goes with tire patches, lol.
RTV goes not give off anything you want to inhale, trust me; not even
as safe as glue.
That only rots your brain.
I use gloves so I can smear the rtv all over in an even layer.
I've always just basically glued the intake manifolds I've done back on, just because of crap like CDsDontBurn is going thru.
Black RTV on the head surface, add to manifold surface, place gasket on head, add manifold, TTS. (torque to spec)
I try to do this early in the day; tighten it up, close the hood 'till tomarry.
(Let RTV dry overnight)
The next day at about the same time, One at a Time, loosen 1/4 turn, and retorque to spec, every intake manifold bolt. This is important!
I have found wide variation in the torque on these bolts, after everything was dry and settled
; so make sure
by redoing them.
I always expect it to change; that torque change may have nothing to do with the "glued in" thing at all, and be contributing to this problem.
I noticed that back when I was running the "hard shifting" tranny, all the bolts on the drivers' side of the intake were loose one day while I was changing plugs and wires.
IDK WTF causes that; locktite red instead of anti-sieze cured it.
Even if the driver rear passageway doesn't have a direct flow from one side to the engine to the other, it still has the same "bean" shape as the front passenger passageway requiring the RTV to be placed. It has been a continuous problem area for me (albeit because of user error) for finishing up the engine. Here in this picture, you can see a slight green hue just to the right of the IM bolt in that tiny passageway before it drops off to the back of the engine.
Glue that fucker down!
While you're there, you might consider doing the "crack pipe or Apten" cooling mod, as there is no flow out the back of the head due to the blocked hole you mention. Some have threaded and tapped the manifold right here to do the cooling mod; search, there's info.
This piece goes in the back of the head:
On a separate note, I'm curious to know if the hole on here is threaded or not. When I removed the NPI coolant tube, there was a similar flange being held in place to the driver side head by a plastic rivet. If the hole where the flange sits on is threaded, I'd like to know what size / thread bolt would go to it so I can secure it with a bolt instead of a plastic rivet.
IIRC those are 6mm. If I'm wrong they're 8mm.
Oh, and one more question. What and where does this plug go to? I've heard lots of different things from coolant reservoir tank, to ABS test plug, to nothing. If anyone has any clarification on that, that'd be great!
That's to the coolant reservoir level sensor. If you have the "infocenter" it lights up when it's low.