Intake Manifold Gaskets Replacement at your home or office in Apex.

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Duane

25 years of experience
457 reviews
Duane
25 years of experience
All around awesome dude who knows his stuff. Doesn't try to swindle his *female* customers. Very professional and highly recommended.
Great mechanic

Tien

23 years of experience
903 reviews
Tien
23 years of experience
I think most people would agree with this statement, finding a mechanic with good character and integrity is hard to find. At Your Mechanic I have found that in Mr. Tien. From this day forward I will only book Mr. Tien to work on my vehicles, I will only recommend Mr. Tien to family and friends. If you want the job done right with peace of mind afterwards, Mr.Tien is who you need to book. For all those of you who use this review as well as others I feel kind of bad for Mr. Tien because now he will never get a day off.

Ryan

18 years of experience
62 reviews
Ryan
18 years of experience
He was right on time for the scheduled appointment. He had no problem answering any questions I had. Most importantly he got the job done ✅

Tyrone

19 years of experience
105 reviews
Tyrone
19 years of experience
Awesome! Great job! ...I will recommend him to family and friends! ...That says a lot, coming from me!!!

Shawn

12 years of experience
189 reviews
Shawn
12 years of experience
Shawn was an EXCELLENT mechanic. He was polite, pleasant, knowledgeable, courteous and very informative. I enjoyed having him as a mechanic.

Hansel

17 years of experience
4 reviews
Hansel
17 years of experience
Everything Was Fine The Company Just Got The Job Description Wrong! But Overall Still Satisfied!

Rodrigo

15 years of experience
133 reviews
Rodrigo
15 years of experience
Rodrigo called me when he was on his way to my home and arrived a few minutes early! He asked for my car keys, and that was it!!! He knew "exactly" what to do without any hesitation in his effort towards my car and it's needs. My cars needs were extremely complex and I thought he would need far more time, but I was wrong! It seemed like he had just got there. Thank You Rodrigo for your clean work and detail in keeping my home from getting marked with automotive waste.

Christopher

27 years of experience
326 reviews
Christopher
27 years of experience
Awesome work!! Great Guy!!!

Joshua

8 years of experience
35 reviews
Joshua
8 years of experience
Very prompt and explained every thi ng I'll use this service again for sure

Derek

23 years of experience
71 reviews
Derek
23 years of experience
Great experience. I am a repeat customer for sure.


How much does Intake Manifold Gaskets Replacement cost in Apex?

It depends on the type of car you drive and the auto repair shop you go to in Apex. Our mechanics in Apex are mobile, which means they don't have the overhead that repair shops have. They provide you convenience by coming to your home or office in Apex.

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2010 Dodge Grand Caravan $243 $98.82 $143.98 16% $292.32
2009 Ford Taurus X $361 $161.23 $199.97 15% $429.98
2014 Ram 1500 $306 $161.87 $143.98 13% $355.37
2007 Lexus RX350 $298 $138.49 $159.98 15% $353.49
2006 Lexus GS300 $264 $96.29 $167.97 17% $322.04
2015 Ford Mustang $382 $141.55 $239.97 17% $464.05

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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.

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