How to install fel-pro intake gaskets

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How to install fel-pro intake gaskets
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Fel-Pro intake gaskets are manufactured by Federal Mogul, using their Fel-Pro PermaTorque design. The gaskets have (depending on the application) a rubber or fibre facing that covers a steel core, so that the gasket doesn't allow excess air into the engine--circumventing problems such as stumbling on acceleration and rough idling. Federal Mogul also manufactures the Fel-Pro PermaDryPlus intake gaskets for engines that are harder to seal.

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Things you need

  • Set of wrenches
  • Set of sockets
  • Plastic scraper
  • Rags
  • RTV silicone
  • Torque wrench

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Clean the intake manifold's gasket-mounting surface on the intake and the engine, using the plastic scraper and rags.

  2. 2

    Smear a thin layer of RTV silicone on the intake manifold's gasket-mounting surface. Fit the Fel-Pro gasket onto the intake manifold. Fit the intake manifold onto the engine.

  3. 3

    Install the intake manifold retaining bolts and torque them to your vehicle's specific torque specifications, and in the order dictated by your vehicle: usually working in an X pattern. You can find the torque specs in a repair manual for your vehicle, or any machine shop can tell you the torque specs.

  4. 4

    Reinstall the rest of the parts in reverse order of removal for your application. Start the vehicle and listen for vacuum leaks at the intake manifold gasket. Because Fel-Pro's design works to circumvent leaks, ensure that no wires or hoses got caught under the intake manifold.

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