Q: Is manifold gasket replacement a diehard requirement for manifold r&r?

asked by on

Basically I have a TSB on my vehicle which requires the removal of my Intake Manifold to check a PCV opening. Then I must check under the Cam Cover for heat stake marks. Slightly unrelated, I'm going to be replacing timing components soon. I'd like to remove the Cam cover and replace the valve gaskets and seals, check my heatstake marks, and replace. Then when doing timing components, reuse the new gasket I just replaced. I'd like to salvage the intake manifold gasket when returning it to the vehicle. If I had to get a new IM I would get a new gasket. Mainly wondering does the gasket HAVE to be replaced EVERY time the seal is separated? I know it's 'recommended', but based on real world experienece, is the issue that black and white?

My car has 165000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

The intake manifold gasket can be reused if it is not damaged in any way. The cost of the new gasket versus removing the intake again if it leaks is something to think about. Consider if it’s worth the risk to reuse it if you had to do the job twice. The manual for your Pontiac Grand Am says you can reuse it as long as it is not damaged, but I personally would not reuse it.

If you need some assistance with this, consider YourMechanic, as a certified technician can come help you with the repairs you’re making and service your intake manifold gasket as necessary. Good luck.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Is manifold gasket replacement a diehard requirement for manifold r&r?

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Possible blown head gasket issue - 2008 Ford F-150

Hello. If it has a blown head gasket it can be quite the undertaking to fix this. You would need to remove the cylinder heads and have them fully rebuilt prior to reinstalling them. If you have a lot of...

Q: It has a service engine soon light and i dont know what it means?

The service engine soon light inspection would be needed by a mechanic like one from YourMechanic to find out why the light came on. The light is only and indicator that the computer in the car has detected a problem...

Q: How can you tell if the timing chain is causing a noise only when the car is cold? 2004 Nissan Maxima

Hello - more than likely, the noise you hear when the engine is cold is the camshaft timing actuators. These components utilize engine oil pressure to operate. The engine oil drains off overnight, and it takes a few seconds to...

Related articles

Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.