How much does it cost to replace an intake manifold gasket?

According to Fixter data, the intake manifold gasket replacement cost (UK) usually ranges between £100 and £150.

The average intake manifold gasket replacement cost works out at approximately £138, including parts and labour.

What are the intake manifold gasket replacement costs at dealerships compared to Fixter garages?

If you replace your intake manifold gasket with Fixter, on average, we save our customers around 30% against dealership prices. Not only do you save money, but you also benefit from our superb collection and delivery service.

It’s the most convenient way to carry out car repairs, upgrades, services, and MOTs you’ll find. Who else collects your car and delivers it back to you when the work is complete?

What additional factors could affect an intake manifold gasket replacement?

With your engine’s health reliant on the correct air/fuel intake and coolant delivery, the gasket helps to ensure the peak performance of each component in the process. This gasket prevents air from escaping from the intake manifold, allowing the correct flow through each of the ‘runners’, the vacuum-sealed passageways leading through the cylinder chambers.

With so many engine components involved in making the whole system work correctly, a faulty, old, or leaky gasket could be responsible for unnecessary damage to any one of them. A poorly performing engine could even lead to seizing—something no driver want’s to happen to their car.

What are the costs of intake manifold gasket replacement parts?

Intake manifold gaskets come in all shapes and sizes, dependent on your vehicle make and model. They can range from less than a tenner to £30 or £40.

What are the labour times and rates for intake manifold gasket replacement?

It should take around an hour and a half for an experienced mechanic to swap over an intake manifold gasket.

Intake manifold gasket replacement costs vary across the country according to each garage and dealership. We examined our records to calculate the average hourly rate.

We found for garages within the London area, the average rate came out at £78 per hour. For the garages throughout the rest of the country, the price was a little lower, as you’d expect, at £72 per hour.

What are the symptoms of a leaking intake manifold gasket?

  • Leaking fluid
  • Poor engine performance
  • A rough idle and stalling at lower speeds
  • Less efficient cooling
  • Reduced fuel economy

Is it hard to replace an intake manifold gasket?

It’s not a job for anyone. It should take around an hour and a half to have it sorted for a mechanic who knows what he’s doing. Removing, replacing, and safely reconnecting all the components can be quite tricky without the proper experience. Also, you could be left with some grave consequences if you don’t get everything just right, putting things back together.

It’s a job far better left to the professionals, with the correct tools, kit, and space to make sure everything’s 100%.

Book it in with Fixter for a professional job at a great price.

Can you drive with a bad intake manifold gasket?

With a leak in your gasket and extra air infiltrating the system messing with your fuel mix, it’s going to upset engine performance. Not only will a misfiring engine feel lousy to drive, but it can also wear valves and corrode spark plugs not rectified straight away. Also, with too much air escaping from a failing gasket, your engine might not be able to fire at all.

When should I change my intake manifold gasket?

Have your car checked straight away as soon as you see any signs of leaking around the intake manifold or any other symptoms we mentioned. As we said earlier, failing to spot an engine issue can lead to seizing, and that’s the last thing any driver wants.

Typically, each gasket lasts around 50k to 75k miles, so it’s not something that fails you regularly—you just need to be ready for it when it does.

How long does it take to replace an intake manifold gasket?

A professional mechanic should be able to have your engine stripped and a new gasket in place in around an hour and a half. 

Do you need sealant for an intake manifold gasket?

Yes—and a high-temperature option, at that. Ideally, a high-temp, sensor safe, RTV silicone sealant should do the trick. It’s also an option for making temporary seals around leaking gaskets. However, don’t take risks sealing a leaky gasket yourself if you’re not 100% sure of what you’re doing. It’s just not worth the health of your engine.

If you think your intake manifold gasket has sprung a leak, or if there’s anything else causing concern under the bonnet, why not let one of our experts take a look and identify the problem for you? We’re always ready and waiting to help.

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