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has anyone had difficulty putting A new link pipe from the water pump to the thermostat? I can’t get the pipe into the water pump enough that the thermostat lines up. All parts are right.
2006 R56 1.6.
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I'm in the middle of doing this very thing. Can't get it in for love nor money. Just came back inside for a break before I smash something gratuitously!
 

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Finally sorted it. The new pipe I bought would not go in at all as I couldn't get it square enough that the o ring wasn't getting squashed out when trying to shove it in and I was having to adopt a twisting motion as it's a massively tight fit.
Solution was removing the bracket around which the pipe is cranked (easy as I have all the inlet side off) so I could hit the water pump dead square and NO GREASE as this was causing the o ring to squish too.
Nearly 3 hours. Ha ha ha. No way could I ever hope to earn money doing this!

Now to have a fight with the new thermostat housing...
 
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