Audi A3 Intake Manifold Gaskets Replacement at your home or office.

Our mobile mechanics offer services 7 days a week. Upfront and transparent pricing.

Estimate price near me

Service Location

customer ratings

(141)

Included for free with this service

Online Booking

Mechanic comes to you

12-month / 12k-mile warranty

Free 50 point safety inspection

Our certified mobile mechanics can come to your home or office 7 days a week between 7 AM and 9 PM.

customer ratings

(141)

Intake Manifold Gaskets Replacement Estimate for Audi A3

Audi A3 Intake Manifold Gaskets Replacement costs $277 on average.

CarServiceEstimateShop/Dealer Price
2010 Audi A3L4-2.0L Turbo DieselService typeIntake Manifold Gaskets ReplacementEstimate$389.62Shop/Dealer Price$491.63 - $670.88
2018 Audi A3L4-2.0L TurboService typeIntake Manifold Gaskets ReplacementEstimate$370.82Shop/Dealer Price$447.61 - $619.30
2017 Audi A3L4-2.0L TurboService typeIntake Manifold Gaskets ReplacementEstimate$346.82Shop/Dealer Price$419.88 - $588.78
2007 Audi A3L4-2.0L TurboService typeIntake Manifold Gaskets ReplacementEstimate$319.50Shop/Dealer Price$402.43 - $563.35
2011 Audi A3L4-2.0L TurboService typeIntake Manifold Gaskets ReplacementEstimate$319.50Shop/Dealer Price$402.55 - $563.56
2011 Audi A3L4-2.0L Turbo DieselService typeIntake Manifold Gaskets ReplacementEstimate$366.62Shop/Dealer Price$462.26 - $636.72
2012 Audi A3L4-2.0L TurboService typeIntake Manifold Gaskets ReplacementEstimate$329.20Shop/Dealer Price$411.94 - $573.12
2009 Audi A3L4-2.0L TurboService typeIntake Manifold Gaskets ReplacementEstimate$328.50Shop/Dealer Price$412.24 - $573.78
Show example Audi A3 Intake Manifold Gaskets Replacement prices

Intake Manifold Gaskets Replacement Service

What is an intake manifold gasket and how does it work?

The intake on an engine may be made up of a lower intake manifold and an upper intake manifold or plenum. The lower intake manifold is a cast aluminum or molded plastic chamber bolted to the cylinder head of the engine. The intake manifold must be tightly sealed to the cylinder head(s) using a gasket in order to prevent air, oil, or engine coolant leaks.

When to consider replacing the intake manifold gasket:

Internal or external leaks. Due to constant temperature expansion and contraction of engine parts or overheating, the gasket’s ability to seal properly can be ruined, resulting in problems such as:

  • Internal or external engine coolant leaks. In some applications, the manifold has cooling passages within. If the manifold seal to the engine fails, coolant can leak externally or even into the engine oil crankcase, where coolant can be noticed in the engine oil.
  • Engine overheating. If the leak at the manifold is a leak of engine coolant, it can lead to engine overheating. However, there are other causes of engine overheating, so a mechanic would have to determine the actual cause.
  • External oil leaks. On some 6 and 8 cylinder engines, the intake manifold sits atop an oil-lubricated area of the engine block. If the manifold gasket has failed, oil can leak from the block to the exterior of the engine.
  • Poor engine operation, lean operation, rough idle. Vacuum air leaks into the manifold due to a defective gasket that will upset the air-fuel ratio. The engine may run poorly.
  • Check engine light. Minor leaks at the intake manifold gasket will not usually cause the check engine light to illuminate. However, as a leak persists, it may grow larger and it possible for the leak to degrade engine performance enough that it will cause a trouble code to set, which will cause the check engine light to illuminate.

How do mechanics replace the intake manifold gasket?

  • Working on a cold engine, the engine cover is removed. If the intake manifold has internal cooling system passageways, the engine coolant is drained below the level of those passageways.
  • The accelerator cable assembly and cruise control cable are removed and set aside. All electrical connections and emission and vacuum lines in the way of the intake are removed. Ignition components, such as the coil, are removed as needed. If the car has an upper plenum, that is removed and set aside.
  • If the fuel rail is bolted to the intake manifold, the supply and return connections to the fuel rail are disconnected.
  • Once all connections to the manifold are clear, the manifold is unbolted and removed from the engine.
  • Aluminum and plastic manifolds are checked with a machinist’s straightedge to ensure the surface flatness does not exceed the original equipment manufacturer’s specification. If the surface of a manifold is not flat, the new gasket will not seal properly. Plastic manifolds are checked for cracks, heat damage, and warpage.
  • Once the manifold is deemed re-usable or replaced as needed, the new gasket is applied, the manifold is put in position and the mounting bolts are torqued with a calibrated torque wrench in the OEM specified sequence. In some applications, RTV sealant must be applied in corners of the mounting surface or specified hard-to-seal spots, per the service manual.
  • All removed components are then re-installed in the reverse of the above steps.
  • Finally, the vehicle is run and checked for leaks, and test driven.

Is it safe to drive with an intake manifold gasket problem?

Yes. The principal concern with a leaking intake manifold gasket is potential damage to the engine, depending on where the leak is. Although the vehicle will generally be safe to drive, you should schedule service as soon as possible to minimize the chances of additional costly damage. If the leak involves coolant, it could lead to engine overheating damage or the coolant could contaminate the engine oil, which can damage the engine bearings. If there is an air leak to the cylinders, it can cause lean operation which could overheat the catalytic converter.

When replacing the intake manifold gasket keep in mind:

  • In engines where coolant flows through the intake manifold, a leaking intake manifold gasket can be either the cause of or result of engine overheating. If you have a leaking intake manifold gasket, and the engine has overheated, the entire engine should be inspected for damage, such as a blown head gasket. The engine cooling system thermostat should be replaced because engine overheating can damage the cooling system thermostat.
  • Some car engine designs are more likely than others to experience leaking intake manifold gaskets due to material and design issues. Your mechanic can inform you if your car represents one of these cases. Many times a re-designed gasket, or altered installation technique and torque values, will be relevant to avoid a recurrence of any leaks. Mechanics will consult Technical Service Bulletins to determine if any unique circumstance exists for your car.

Fast and easy service at your home or office

Backed by 12-month, 12.000-mile guarantee


Meet some of our expert Audi mechanics

Real customer reviews from Audi owners like you.

Excellent Rating

(141)

Rating Summary
133
5
3
0
0
133
5
3
0
0

Tony

14 years of experience
121 reviews
Tony
14 years of experience
Audi A3 L4-2.0L Turbo - Spark Plugs - Berkeley, California

Eduardo

19 years of experience
504 reviews
Eduardo
19 years of experience
Audi A3 L4-2.0L Turbo - Oil Change - Houston, Texas
Showed up on time and did exactly what I asked him to do. I would request him.

Travis

13 years of experience
160 reviews
Travis
13 years of experience
Audi A3 L4-2.0L Turbo - Brake Pads Replacement (Front) - Charlotte, North Carolina
Great technician and very knowledgeable.

Chris

16 years of experience
322 reviews
Chris
16 years of experience
Audi A3 L4-2.0L Turbo Diesel - Brake Pads Replacement (Front) - San Diego, California
Chris was very professional, had a friendly disposition, and an upbeat attitude. He did an excellent job on my brakes!

Excellent Rating

(141)

Rating Summary
133
5
3
0
0
133
5
3
0
0
Number of Audi A3 services completed
1551+
services done by our mechanics
TOTAL NUMBER OF EXPERT Audi MECHANICS
700+
experts on our platform

Recent articles & questions

How to Choose Used Tires for a Car
Used tires can have issues with wear, age, and dry rot. Buying a used tire is cheaper but should be done in matching sets to avoid danger.
P0921 OBD-II Trouble Code: Gear Shift Forward Actuator Circuit Range/Performance
P0921 means there is a problem with the gear shift forward actuator circuit, likely due to a faulty actuator or bad wiring.
Child Car Seat Laws For All States
Car seat laws for babies and toddlers depend on age, weight, and height. Stay current and legal with the infant car seat laws in your state.

I have 2009 Ford police inceptor... My check [engine](/topics-engine-ford/) light came on.... I got a scanner the code read purge valve was bad.... I changed the purge valve an evr Valve..... I unplugged both cables on the battery post... Drove it for 2 days the check engine light came back on... Check the code purge valve.... Do I need to re set it a different way??

My [horn](/topics-horn-chevy/) honked when I tried to start it I told that it was the clock spring replaced ignition and it still doing the same thing

My 1996 ford tarus started smoking and the making a knocking noise when i press the gas

Engine knocks can mean serious business, and at 220 thousand miles it could be just about anything. It could be that you have internal engine damage. Before you drive the car any more, you should have t checked out to...

How can we help?

Our service team is available 7 days a week, Monday - Friday from 6 AM to 5 PM PST, Saturday - Sunday 7 AM - 4 PM PST.

1 (855) 347-2779 · hi@yourmechanic.com