I've read a lot about intake manifold gaskets, and now I am facing the
problem myself. I just got a rip-off estimate (my opinion) for the
repair of my rig. Evidently everything went south at the same time
last night driving home. Within a 1-2 mile stretch of road, my temp
gauge went from normal to hot. I pulled off the road and called the
Chevy says my oil cooler in the radiator ruptured, my water pump leaked
and the intake manifold gasket was leaking on one side in the front.
So the truck overheated because the coolant leaked out, and oil was
getting into the coolant. I checked the oil for coolant, and it looked
fine to me, so I am hoping that everything is not lost with the
engine... but... they wanted $1500 to fix everything. I am towing it
to my garage to do the work myself.
My plan is to have a buddy replace the oil coolant tank -- about $70 --
in the radiator and make sure it's all good. And I have done plenty of
water pumps in the past.
What I have never done is an intake manifold gasket. This is my first
V-anything Chevy, and I want some advice. Does anyone know of a good
walkthrough about what the exact procedure should be for this job? I
am interested to know about gasket materials they use, what sealant to
use, where to put it, etc.
I know this is asking for a lot, but feel free to get fundamental with
me as I don't want to do something that would cause more pain moving
forward. I hear the job is painful, but I figure I have time to poke
at it for a while as this is not my primary vehicle.
Thanks for the advice and help.