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Old 11-26-2005, 10:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi, I'm new to this board, so if yall can help me that would be appreciated...

I was wondering if yall had any idea to take out the lower intake boot which is closer to the engine, cause i needed to replace mine...

Also when i tried to replace the valve cover gasket, i didnt get to finish because i didnt have a rubber malet. After i replaced everything my car started to act kind of funny, like when i started it the rpm gauge was fluttering under one and my accelerator was kind of unresponsive, almost like my car was struggling..got any ideas why? My friend says the bolts must not be tight enough.. but i dunno?

Any help will be appreciated!
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those symptoms are of an air leak ....u must have not put it back properly,,,or dislodged something else
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so does the air leak come from the intake boot?

also if anyone knows whats the avg price for changing the valve cover gasket at a car shop? and for a intake boot?

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Depending on where you take it the price goes from $75 to $150 an hour. (it is german so go to toward the higher price).

I am assuming it is about a 2.5 hour job. SO you figure about $250 in labor plus a $30 gasket . . .

You could get it cheaper if you go to an independant shop. This job is not too in depth so i would trust it to one of those guys. Especially if it saved me $100 bucks.
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