Generally a really bad intake manifold gasket will make a car run rough at idle and/or cause a service engine light to illuminate. ... As far as driving the car, as long as you don't have a fluid leak or the car is not stalling or running rough, it should be fine to drive for a few months. As you can see from the picture our Mechanic is taking extra precautions that nothing drops into the manifold.
Here are the top 5 symptoms of gaskets for an intake manifold going bad:
- Is the COOLANT LEAKING? The gaskets act like a seal for the coolant in the engine. When the seals go bad the coolant starts seeping thru you can smell it. If really bad you can see the steam and puddles under your car.
- Has the ENGINE started STALLING? If your engine stops turning then you will stall, although there could be other reasons for a stalling engine, faulty intake gaskets will be one of the problems.
- Another big problem is an OVERHEATED ENGINE. When the gaskets go bad, and coolant starts leaking your engine will eventually overheat.
- Have you noticed that you are getting BAD FUEL ECONOMY? Since there is a disruption in the air to fuel ration, your engine is going to consume more fuel than normal. Your fuel economy will decrease greatly.
- Not only does the engine stall but you may experience LOSS OF ACCELERATION. You will notice a start and stop when you step on the gas pedal.
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