• Intake Manifold Repair Tips

    Here are a few intake manifold repair tips, just in case you ever run into any problems associated with it.

    • Do a Noise Test: If there are any leaks present with your intake manifold system, you will usually be able to hear a hissing noise under the hood. However, if you don’t hear anything at all, you can use a simple test to determine if there’s a leak. Get some soapy water and place it into a spray bottle. Squirt the solution around the engine, and if you hear the engine jerk back, you will notice where the leak is according to where you sprayed. Some of the signs of any intake manifold leaking also include rough idling and poor gas mileage.
    • Cleaning Your Intake Manifold: Cleaning your intake manifold can save you lots of time and money. Oil and residue from driving can get stuck to this part of the engine and can contribute to bigger problems as the years go by. Anyone that can disassemble the intake manifold would be wise to give it a thorough cleaning.
    • Remove Top half to Replace Head Gasket:  A great tip for anyone that has to replace their head gaskets in the engine is that it’s not necessary to remove the lower pieces of the intake manifold to get to them. If you remove just the top half of the parts, you can reach to anything else around it. This information is useful for anyone wondering what to do with the other major parts surrounding this.
    • Watch RPM Gauge: Some people can test to see if their vehicle has a vacuum leak by watching the RPM gauge on their dashboard. This helps get an idea of how long the airflow becomes pressurized inside the engine.
    • Check Hoses: Hoses are more prone to having leaks in them. If you ever suspect that the cause is related to something other than the hoses, be sure to check them again, because they might not be noticeable at first.
    • Place the Vacuum Hose inside the Top Hole: When installing a new intake manifold in your vehicle, place the vacuum hose inside of the top hole. The four other holes on the outside corners of the intake manifold were meant for other connector ports found in the engine. This is also the most opportune time for replacing the thermostat, while the part is still out of the engine. All springs that you replace in an intake manifold unit should always be placed face-down. Gasket covers are then placed over the springs to keep them in place.
    • Take out the Bolts: Most bolts on the intake manifold measure to an inch in diameter. These can be easily taken out with any tools you have in your garage. The bolts are lined up at the top and bottom of the unit. Once these are removed, you can then begin unplugging the hoses that are attached around the unit. The purpose of the intake manifold is to keep your engine cool. It will help to keep the engine from overheating and can be the main cause of several repair issues. If this part of the engine is not kept clean, you will see negative consequences later.