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Intake Manifold Gasket Replacement

The intake manifold gasket seals the cylinder head(s) to the intake manifold. It helps manage the flow of intake air, coolant, oil and, in some cases, exhaust gases.

How to Replace an Intake Manifold Gasket

  1. Allow the engine to cool off and drain the coolant from the radiator
  2. Disconnect the negative battery cable
  3. Remove the intake air tube and the air filter housing
  4. Remove any throttle linkage and wiring to the throttle body
  5. Remove all the ignition cables, coils and, if equipped, ignition distributor
  6. Loosen and remove any and all intake fasteners
  7. Remove the intake manifold and clean all of the gasket sealing surfaces
  8. Using a factory specified intake gasket, place it gently on the intake ports
  9. Install the intake manifold and torque all the fasteners to factory specification
  10. Install any removed ignition parts, throttle linkage, wiring, and air filer parts
  11. Fill the engine with coolant and pressure test the system to test for leaks
  12. Change the oil and filter and reconnect the battery
  13. Clear any codes, start the vehicle, and perform a Drive Cycle Test Drive to verify the repair
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