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Intake Manifold Gasket

By David Sturtz, April 15, 2008

The intake manifold gasket(s) is the working seal between the intake manifold and the cylinder head(s).

What is the Intake Manifold Gasket?

The intake manifold gasket(s) is the working seal between the intake manifold and the cylinder head(s).

Symptoms of Wear or Failure

  • Coolant and/or engine oil leak
  • Check Engine Light may come on
  • Unstable engine idle

Related Repair Advice

  • In order to save weight, the intake manifold on many newer vehicles is made of a composite plastic material
  • Most fluid leaks from the intake manifold area can be repaired by replacing a failed gasket. However, in some cases, the intake manifold may also require replacement.
  • On some vehicles, there can be an upper and a lower intake manifold gasket. Fluid leaks will most commonly require replacement of the lower intake gasket.

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