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Old 08 Jan 2013, 06:30 pm
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I've been trying to avoid going to the repair shop to pay close to $400 to replace the thermostat housing by replacing it myself since it has a slow leak. I purchased a new housing and gasket and was ready to go. My question is do I need to remove the intake manifold to be able to unclip the hose that holds the housing? I've never done this before so I wasn't sure what was safe to do or if there was an easier way to go about this.

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Old 08 Jan 2013, 06:39 pm
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Some have done it both ways. If you remove the intake tape over the lower section so nothing falls into the engine.
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Yes, you'll have to take off the upper intake to give yourself room to maneuver around. The upper intake isn't hard to take off. The 5 bolts in the front, a couple of vacuum lines and one or two bolts at the throttle body. UNLESS, you have a 2001 or early 2002. If you do, you need to take off the EGR tube at the back of the manifold. Two bolts (13mm and 8mm) hold it to the rear of the manifold.



Looks like Busted did it without removing the manifold. He must have "kids' hands to get into those tight spaces.
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Old 08 Jan 2013, 06:56 pm
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You can use a combination of u-joints and wobbles to get to the bolts without removing the intake manifold. IIRC I may have used a stubby ratcheting wrench as well.
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Old 08 Jan 2013, 10:33 pm
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Personally i would remove the intake, gives you MUCH more room to work with. last thing you wanna do is accidentally drop a bolt and lose it :/ especially if this is your maiden voyage on this repair haha.
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So, anyone have a tutorial on removing the intake manifold?
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Old 09 Jan 2013, 09:58 am
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So, anyone have a tutorial on removing the intake manifold?
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Old 09 Jan 2013, 12:18 pm
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Wow,perfect thank you!
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