Stripped heater outlet on intake manifold on 2001 Ford Crown Victoria

The heater outlet on the rear of the intake manifold is stripped and leaking. Is there a fix for this other than replacement of the manifold?

by in Silver City, NM on November 05, 2010
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2 answers 6 comments
ANSWER by , November 05, 2010
To my knowledge, the only repair is to replace the composite intake manifold. They are known for leakage...although usually up front.
COMMENT by , November 06, 2010
Thanks Dave, This leak is on the metal hose nipple that is screwed into the composit manifold. The threads in the manifold are stripped and coolant leaks. I was hoping there was a repair insert or a fix for the stripped threads. The rest of the manifold is sound. Thanks for replying - Kelly
COMMENT by , November 06, 2010
Just to confirn,, there is no fix for that nipple. The only repair is to replace the intake. Sorry about that.
COMMENT by , January 10, 2011
I am going to try to use a two-part epoxy after cleaning both mating surfaces thoroughly. I plan to scuff each part in order for the epoxy to adhere. If this works I will let you know.
COMMENT by , January 22, 2011
Hi Dave, We ended up tapping the hole with a 3/8" NPT tap (3/8 tapered pipe) and screwing a standard 3/8" copper pipe nipple into the port. So far - so good. Worse case - it will leak and I'll have to replace the manifold.
COMMENT by , January 22, 2011
Definitely an "outside the box" approach, and one that sounds good. Nice work, and right attitude.
COMMENT by , April 03, 2014
Hi Dave, Just an update the 3/8 brass standard tapered pipe nipple "out of the box" fix is still going strong - over 3 years now.
ANSWER by , April 03, 2014
I had thia prob last week in my 3rd generation passed down crown vic. I used a 2 part apoxy (jb weld plastic weld) I roughed up the hole tht was a smooth as a babys ass and added a thicked lait of jb weld around those noxe fine threass waited 5 mins and shoved tye nipple back in the port 1 hour later leak solved....unfortunatly the pressure blew out at the thermastat housing. Long story short just do prevenative maintence and replace the intake. Took me 2 hours and saved 1000$ buying a dorman intake off ebay from carparts.com (115$) good luck and have fun your hardest obsticle is the crash braket.