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Cost to Fix Intake Manifold Gasket Leak?

This is a discussion on Cost to Fix Intake Manifold Gasket Leak? within the Performance forums, part of the General Discussion category; I just wanted some info on how much it would/should cost to get my dreaded intake manifold gasket leak fixed. ...

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    Question Cost to Fix Intake Manifold Gasket Leak?


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    I just wanted some info on how much it would/should cost to get my dreaded intake manifold gasket leak fixed. Seems like it's a chronic problem on older vortecs (I got 128xxx miles on mine-second hand) as I was reading. I was searching around on the forum and some guy was quoted $400. You gotta be kidding me! Also, before you tell me to do it myself, I gotta say that I'm not really machanically inclined and don't feel like doing the job and having to pay more $$ cause I screwed it up. Maybe, if it was just the throttle body or something. Anyway, thx!

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    The job is really quite simple to do. You might have to borrow a few tools, torque wrench, a couple screw drivers, wrenches and some sockets. If you buy a repair manual from any automotive store it will give you detailed instructions and pictures of the job, most importantly the tightening sequence. As long as you just follow the instructions, you should be good. All you need to pay for is the gasket and some RTV sealent. I think i paid $50CND for the gasket and a tube of RTV is about $4CND.
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    oops, went through my receits it was only $32CND for the manifold gasket
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    If I do this myself, I might as well buy the tools. What brands do you recommend for socket sets etc. (have some...but they're probably scattered throughout the known world by now) Also, what brand/type torque wrench? I've seen the beam type as well as the ones w/ the gauge stamped into the head. Thx! This would be my first time to crack open the engine other than a bolt-on cool air intake, so you understand why I'm weary about it.

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    Gees! I just looked at the directions for installing the gasket for the lower intake manifold. I'm thinking I'll just go ahead and have it done by a dealer or whoever will do it for the best price. If I did it, I'd probably end up getting after just getting the #1 cylinder to TDC So, what do you think the cost would be?

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    Not sure, but I would bet $400 is not gonna be far off the mark. The labor costs are what are going to eat you up on this one. There is very little cost in parts.


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    where i work at its approx 570 bucks plus tax for an intake manifold reseal, i work at a chevy dealer
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    don't forget you are going to have to retime it after wards since you will have to pull the distributor. if you do it yourself, make sure you scrape ALL the old gasket/sealant of before reassembly.


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    i mark the distributor in about 3 places... i haven't had to re time one yet by marking it
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    Thx for all the input! Is this a problem that I should get fixed immediately?

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