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Chevrolet Monte Carlo: Helpful Tips When Dealing with Intake Gasket Failure
The Chevrolet Monte Carlo burst into scene in 1970 during the height of the muscle car era. It was a personal luxury car offered by Chevrolet from 1970 to 1988 and 1995 to 2007. The Chevrolet Monte Carlo was known for its dramatic styling, luxury appointments and high performance in its SS version. Its racecar version was a beast on the NASCAR circuit, chalking up legendary wins. Intake gasket failure is a common problem in this vehicle because the gaskets are made out of a composite material.
Replace with updated intake manifold gaskets
The intake manifold gasket on a Chevrolet Monte Carlo may have external engine oil leak or coolant leak. In some cases, the internal coolant could leak, causing coolant to mix with the engine oil. If you drive a Chevrolet Monte Carlo with a coolant and oil mix, your car can suffer from internal engine damage. If you encounter such leaks, you need to replace the intake manifold gasket.
Whether you opt to replace the intake manifold gasket yourself or have it done by a dealer or your local mechanic, you need to use or ask for the updated intake manifold gasket. This is because the old ones made out of plastic are still being made and sold. The updated intake manifold gasket is made of thicker composite with stronger materials like steel and may also have a rubber coating. Thus, it can tolerate much higher temperatures and exposure to more chemicals and solvents.
Torque intake manifold bolts
The next important step for you is to torque the intake manifold bolts with a torque wrench. You need to do this to ensure that your new intake manifold gasket won\'t have a coolant leak again. The intake manifold bolts used by General Motors are small-diameter bolts that have a very small tightening torque specification.
If you don\'t use a torque wrench to tighten the intake manifold bolts, the bolts can become loose or over-tightened. Loose bolts will contribute to vacuum and coolant leaks from the intake manifold gaskets. On the other hand, over-tightened bolts will crush the intake manifold gaskets and ultimately destroy their sealing ability or strip bolt threads in the bolt hole.
Doing this repair yourself is tricky, particularly if you\'re not a professional mechanic. This is because the torque wrench that you should use has to be able to torque in inch or pounds. Finding a torque wrench like this usually means having to order it through mail.
If you opt to replace the intake manifold gasket yourself, do your homework first. This will spare you trouble while you are doing the repair. Buy a repair manual for your make and model car or obtain articles on replacing intake manifold gaskets. Articles from car magazines or automotive websites are easier to read than a repair manual.
Make sure that you have all the tools that you need. Have a zip-lock bag on hand where you can put all the bolts, small gaskets and other small parts you will remove. Label the zip-lock bag with the name of the particular part stored inside it. Seal the zip-lock bag and put in a place where it won\'t get lost or moved. This practice will prevent you from wasting time looking for a part later on when you are putting the pieces back together.