Fix It Right! - Intake Manifold Gasket Replacement
Fix It Right! - Intake Manifold Gasket Replacement (S1E4)
Demonstrated on a 2004 Buick Century 3.1L V6 FWD.
In this video, we demonstrate how to perform an intake manifold gasket replacement on a front-wheel-drive 3.1L V6 engine, in this case in a 2004 Buick Century. This is a common point of failure on General Motors' 3.1L, 3.4L, and 3.8L V6 engines, which are used in a large number of passenger cars across most of GM's model lines.
*** DIY POSSIBLE, BUT TOUGH ***
This repair task should only be attempted by advanced DIYers.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Please read the disclaimer text at the start of the video before attempting anything shown therein. Take your time, take care, and be safe!
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1997 Nissan 2.4L Intake Gasket Replacement (Part 1) -EricTheCarGuy
In a way this is a sequel to the Nissan Altima Misfire Diagnosis Video. It
would have been a REALLY long video if I posted both together. In fact I
had to split this video into 2 parts as it is. This job isn't for the weak
at heart. It took me most of the day to get it done. Most of the issues
involve accessibility to the fasteners. Some are stuck down in there
pretty good. I'm told this is a common issue with the 2.4L engine so you
may run into this at some point. If you decide to do the repair yourself,
this video can walk you through the process. For now, sit back, and watch
me suffer. Here's some useful links for you.
Link to part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_G2BE0iYnE
Spill Free Funnel:
Bleeding a Cooling System: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zUpXgAJ1gjU
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PART 1 of 3 How To Install Replace Lower Intake Manifold Gaskets GM 3.4L V6
If you are losing Coolant but don't know where it is going check to see if
your oil looks lighter brown and foamy if so you are getting coolant or
antifreeze in your oil and this can be one of the causes. This video is
applicable to the Pontiac Grand Am, model years 1999-2005.
GM 3.8 Intake Manifold replacement. Removal the fast way WITH NOTES
this is the "Flat Rate " way to do a 3.8 liter upper and lower intake
manifold set. as you see it is not necessary to take off he serp belt,
alternator or tensioner assembly to remove the lower manifold. I recomend
having someone help when it is time to reinstall the manifold because it
can be tricky to lien up the coolant elbow and not mess up the lower
gaskets when reinstalling. Note that it is recomended to disconnect the
negative battery cable when doing any major repairs. This video is just to
show some guys that said that a lower manifold cant be pulled in way less
than 20 minutes, I know that I went over that , but I had some stuborn
injectors and Im a little out of practice. If you are going to do this
yourself and you are not a professional I recomend that you follow the
procedure in a service manual
GM 3400 3.4 Liter 3.1 Chevrolet How to Fix and Replace An Intake Manifold Gasket
How to fix and replace an intake manifold gasket on a GM 3400 Liter engine.
These engines were put in a lot of various GM cars and suv's of the late
90's and early 00's Cars such as the:
Pontiac Montana Aztek Grand Am Grand Prix
Chevrolet Venture minivan Impala Malibu
Oldsmobile Silhouette Alero
Buick Rendezvous Century
Intake manifold Gasket replacement No Oil Leaks by Scared Shiftless
How to install an intake manifold gasket with no leaks on small block and
big block Chevrolet. Tips you need to know! Replacing a intake manifold
gasket made easy by Mark with Scared Shiftless. 1957 Chevrolet two door
post Sponsored by www.papadent.com Multi Purpose hand held tool for PDR,
Stainless repair and much more.
How to Test Head Gasket
** Please see my other videos on this topic* Thx!
This video is intended for those who would like to know how to confirm a
damaged head gasket on a vehicle prior to making the decision to invest a
lot of money for repair. My apologies for the camera focus- next video I
will pay closer attention, but the information needed is viewable. Further
research should be done on the risks of overheating to the engine block and
such. This video is meant to simply show a 'how to' on the test method I
used quite often when professionally working on vehicles, the results of
which are based on chemistry and industry-standards of the time (1990's).
I hope you find this video useful. RI.
Dumb Things NOT To Do To Your Car
Scotty Kilmer, mechanic for the last 46 years, shows some of the dumb
things he's seen people do to their cars. And, If you like my car help, be
sure to watch my live car talk show every Saturday morning at 10 AM CST on
YouTube. I answer your car questions LIVE there. Just check it out at
eature=c4-overview . And remember, every TUESDAY I upload a new video, so
don't miss them.
3100 Engine Rebuild
Rebuilding a 3100 V6.... Repair cost was $1,200 using Re-man cam and crank.
Clear check engine light for less than 5 dollars
More Tutorials on my CHANNEL: http://www.youtube.com/user/moccina
*This video is an EXPERIMENT I wanted to try on my car, and is for
INFORMATIONAL purposes ONLY. This fix is for off-road use. The content
shown in this video is not intended to encourage emissions test cheating.
I enjoy the process of testing theory because you always learn something
new, regardless of the outcome.
Using a spark plug defouler kit, I install a "buffer" in between the
downstream oxygen sensor and the catalytic converter. Quite often,
frustrated car owners get the P0420 code for reasons other than a bad cat.
I have heard of people getting the code just because they removed the
converter and reinstalled it. It can also happen if you run your vehicle
out of gas etc... etc...
It is also common for car owners to get the P0420 code, replace the
converter, and both o2 sensors-- only to have the code come back after 1000
miles or so. This can be a very frustrating, time consuming and of
course-- expensive venture. Here is one way to resolve the issue. Good
luck and have fun!
How To Change A Bad / Blown Head Gasket 3400 GM Overheats Thermostat Intake Manifold No Heat 3.4
Tried bleeding the air from your 3400 GM engine and it still overheats?
Bad news. May be the head gasket or lower intake manifold gasket. Here
are a few checks you can perform to find out where the problem may be.
Signs of a bad intake manifold gasket. Leaking antifreeze behind the power
steering pump or by the water neck / thermostat housing. Out the sides of
the intake gasket. Milky oil, water coming inside the crankcase mixing
with the oil turning it into a milkshake.
Signs of a bad head gasket. You pull the radiator cap off when cold, you
rev up the engine and fluid shoots out the neck with force. Exhaust gases pressurizing the coolant. Also a
tell tale sign is while the engine is running the overflow bubbles
consistently. Try and bleed the air out with the bleeder. You get fluid
coming out and tighten it back down. Soon after you lose heat inside and
need to bleed the air out again. After the car has warmed up and shut off,
you hear a hissing noise. From the coolant or gasses coming out then will
slowly hiss quiet until the pressure is relieved.
Can't go over every scenario. Just ask questions here and we'll see about
finding out the solution.
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How To Replace The Head Gasket and Intake Manifold Gaskets On A GM 3800 Engine
In this walkthrough I replace the head gaskets, upper intake manifold (UIM)
gaskets, and lower intake manifold (LIM) gaskets on a 1997 pontiac
bonneville. These steps will be identical for almost any GM 3800 / 3400 /
3100 series II motor.
If you have any questions feel free to post them on the video and I'll do
my best to try to help!
Here is a link to the the text walkthrough I used as a guide for making
Also here's a list of torque specs for most of the motor:
Camshaft Bolt: 74 ft/lbs + 90 degrees angle torque
Camshaft thrust plate: 132 in/lbs (T30 torx)
Front cover bolts: 15 ft/lbs + 40 degrees angle torque
Oil pan bolts: 125 in/lbs
Crank sensor nuts: 18 ft/lbs
Camshaft sensor bolts 48 in/lbs
Lifter hold-downs: 22 ft/lbs
Rocker bolts: 11 ft/lbs(132in/lbs) + 90 degrees angle torque
Lower intake bolts: 132 in/lbs
Supercharger bolts: 17ft/lbs
Crank Bolt: 111 ft/lbs + 76 degrees angle torque up to 10/98
111 ft/lbs +114 degrees angle torque 10/98 and up
Cylinder head bolts: 37 ft/lbs + 130 degrees + 30 degrees up to 10/98
37 ft/lbs + 120 degrees
Flywheel/flexplate bolts: 132 in/lbs + 50 degrees
Exhaust manifolds: stud/nuts 132
Nuts 156 in/lbs
Oil filter adapter to timing cover: 22 ft/lbs 97 earlier
132 in/lbs + 50 degrees 97 and later Oil pump
Cover to timing cover: 98 in/lbs
Pick up tube and screen: 132 in/lbs
Valve cover bolts: 89 in/lbs
Tstat bolts: 21 ft/lbs
Water Pump: 132 in/lbs + 80 degrees
Water pump pulley: 115 in/lbs
Throttle body: 84-89 in/lbs
Fuel rail nuts: 75-84 in/lbs
How to replace your head and head gasket pt. 1
Here is how I changed the head and gasket on my 1992 Mazda B2600i pickup
truck. This was the first time I have ever done a head gasket repair, and I
have to say that most everything went according to plan. It was actually a
lot easier than I anticipated. Total work time was about 14 hours, plus 2
weeks waiting for parts to arrive, that was the hardest part, haha. I am
not especially mechanically trained or inclined, just interested in
mechanics and the way they work, and that has helped me tremendously
through procedures like this. I have found that since I want to learn about
the way these parts connect, disconnect, and cooperate together, I have
been able to do things to my cars and trucks that I never thought I could.
Taking care of your own vehicles is definitely a rewarding activity, for
many reasons. Obviously you save a lot of money, you can rely on yourself
to get your truck running in a jam, and are rarely stranded on the side of
the road for long. Also, with more people doing their own work on their
cars, mechanic services will be devalued, thus making it more affordable
for everyone ($100 per labor hour, can you believe that?!?) Also, there is
definitely a sense of satisfaction which comes from a job well done, being
an interested and capable and competent individual, and helping out your
friends with their problems. I like to learn, I like to be handy and useful
to others, I like to save money, and I like to get dirty, so whenever I can
I wrench on my own trucks and motorcycles.
A special thanks to the fine folks at the Mazdatruckin.com forum for all
the technical articles. Hopefully you all can use this series of videos to
help guide you through a similar procedure, really it is not that hard, and
totally worth it.
head gasket $44
reman head $251
jug oil $12
jug coolant $14
manifold gasket set $14
That is about $1000 less than a mechanic would charge. Be brave, and do it