Signs You Should Replace Your Intake Manifold Gaskets
Intake manifold gaskets are important to your engine’s effectiveness and accordingly your vehicle’s functionality. Having bad intake manifold gaskets in your vehicle can be dangerous for you and your passengers. As such, pay attention to these warning signs that might indicate you need to replace your intake manifold gaskets.
But first, it’s a good idea to make sure you know what an intake manifold gasket is. Gaskets are made of rubber, paper, or metal, and they act as seals between different engine components. Intake manifold gaskets sit between the intake manifold and the cylinder heads, making them key parts of your engine.
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Symptoms of a failing intake manifold gasket
Issues with engine performance
As your vehicle gets older, your intake manifold gaskets can start to wear down. When this happens, they can leak and mess with the air-fuel ratio of the engine. As a result, the engine can have problems, such as stalling, misfires, lower fuel efficiency, and reduced acceleration and power.
Sometimes, intake manifold gaskets work to seal the engine’s coolant. As the engine ages and the gasket gets worn down, coolant can start to leak. Some indicators that coolant is leaking are drips of coolant under your vehicle, steam, and the smell of coolant.
After the coolant has been leaking for a while, it can cause the engine to overheat. Sometimes the engine can overheat even without any clear indicators of a coolant leak. This is why coolant leaks are so dangerous and should be stopped as quickly as possible
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If your vehicle is showing any of the aforementioned signs, it’s a good idea to take your vehicle into a dealership’s service department. Professional technicians should inspect your vehicle and be able to tell you if a faulty intake manifold gasket needs to be replaced.
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