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How much does Intake Manifold Gaskets Replacement cost in Arlington Heights?

It depends on the type of car you drive and the auto repair shop you go to in Arlington Heights. Our mechanics in Arlington Heights 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 Arlington Heights.

Intake Manifold Gaskets Replacement pricing for various cars

CarsEstimateParts CostLabor CostSavingsAverage Dealer Price
2007 Volvo XC90$157$62.14$94.997%$169.64
2007 GMC Sierra 1500$279$98.09$180.487%$302.34
2015 Chevrolet Express 3500$1102$85.59$1016.3910%$1235.84
2009 Lexus IS350$352$133.59$218.477%$380.84
2011 Lexus LS600h$477$77.77$398.959%$529.27
2015 Porsche Cayenne$505$96.63$408.459%$558.88

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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Peter

43 years of experience
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Peter
43 years of experience
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Professional, Courteous and arrived on time and saved 50% of a quote from a garage. Why would you ever go back to a regular mechanic?

Jerry

8 years of experience
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Jerry
8 years of experience
Jerry was on time. Very professional, explained in detail my repairs even made an effort to save money. I would definitely will use Jerry again Thank you

Thomas

12 years of experience
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Thomas
12 years of experience
Thomas was very friendly and knowledgeable! Will definitely book him again!

James

12 years of experience
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James
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Enrique

21 years of experience
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Enrique
21 years of experience
He did the work agreed upon.

Whitney

39 years of experience
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Whitney
39 years of experience
Whitney was obvious exsperienced and knowlegeable of the problem. His actions was that of a true profesional

Ira

36 years of experience
259 reviews
Ira
36 years of experience
Ira was on time started right away got the job done, and we are extremely happy with his service we finally found our mechanic for our jeep. thank Ira.

Eduardo

19 years of experience
552 reviews
Eduardo
19 years of experience
Very professional , knows his job very well.

Scott

36 years of experience
902 reviews
Scott
36 years of experience
Scott was prompt, inspected the vehicle to confirm my previous diagnosis, called me to the vehicle to show me the issue (knock sensor wire chewed by rodent), replaced everything necessary (Thanks FORD for putting not one but two knock sensors under the intake) and completed the project as expected.

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