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    Lower Intake Plenum Question... See Pictures

    Hey guys, I am in the process of changing my spark plugs and wires today. After I pulled the plenum I noticed that all runners in the lower plenum seem to be very dirty. Is this normal? Should I clean this out? If, so what should I use? Can I still do it with it installed on the car or should it be removed first?

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    I'm curious what others say. I have never worried about it in mine. If it makes you feel better be super careful to not drop anything in there and clean it out a little with a rag but it's not doing any damage to your motor if you leave it alone.

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    Your gasket is no good. Time to upgrade . We have a teflon 3mm thick gasket.wont leak and reusable.
    You might want to check your pcv cable and might want to invest in a oil catch can

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    I used a throttle body cleaner by (CRC) and just pushed everything down with a new toothbrush to where the injectors would spray the left overs with fuel. Once its all put together and you have it started I suggest using a fuel additive that will clean the rest of it out and burn it. There was no problems when I did it. I used a more expensive fuel cleaner BG44K to a half tank of gas (91 octane) although they do recommend a full tank. I wanted a more concentrate solution. After about two tanks of gas I was due for an oil change so I added ZMAX to the fuel and oil. Car is running great now! =)

    Quote Originally Posted by Chatzvr4 View Post
    Your gasket is no good. Time to upgrade . We have a teflon 3mm thick gasket.wont leak and reusable.
    You might want to check your pcv cable and might want to invest in a oil catch can
    You cant even see his gasket... How can you say its no good?
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    I bought a new gasket when I got the plugs and wires... thanks though.

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    Did you read my post about cleaning your lower plenum?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigBoris View Post
    I used a throttle body cleaner by (CRC) and just pushed everything down with a new toothbrush to where the injectors would spray the left overs with fuel. Once its all put together and you have it started I suggest using a fuel additive that will clean the rest of it out and burn it. There was no problems when I did it. I used a more expensive fuel cleaner BG44K to a half tank of gas (91 octane) although they do recommend a full tank. I wanted a more concentrate solution. After about two tanks of gas I was due for an oil change so I added ZMAX to the fuel and oil. Car is running great now! =)



    You cant even see his gasket... How can you say its no good?


    well if there is oil on the plenum(like on the picture) then the gasket was leaking

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    Which gasket are you talking about Chatz?
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    True, how much are your gaskets? Web site link? Is this the one that lifts the Plenum and causes the bolts int he rear not to line up? if that's the case then I'll get the OEM gasket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigBoris View Post
    True, how much are your gaskets? Web site link? Is this the one that lifts the Plenum and causes the bolts int he rear not to line up? if that's the case then I'll get the OEM gasket.
    Im not sure which gasket you are talking about. I am refering to a 1/8 thick teflon upper plenum gasket. It is reusable and stops all leaks just go to my site in my sig

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