Happy New year to you, glad you came back, I am going to try to help you out the best that I can but without seeing it, It may be hard, This is the same engine in the Honda Passports and Acura SLXs . I am still trying to understand your issue sorry, How long has the engine been together? how many miles are on it? and were you experiencing the issues from the day the engine was finished? I just need to ask some baseline questions to help you out.