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IMR - Inlet Manifold Runner valve

1.10) IMR- Inlet Manifold Runner valve (actuator)

What is it? The inlet manifold consists of a plenum chamber onto the front of which is mounted the throttle . Extending from the plenum is a series of moulded pipes called 'runners' curve round to the intake ports on the cylinder head. In some instances there are two intake ports for each cylinder fed by slightly different lengths of runner. When the engine is at low revs the longer pipe works well. However at higher speeds the shorter length of the alternative runner is better suited. To cater for this the shorter port, which is normally shut off at low engine speeds by a plate (very similar in operation to the throttle plate), is opened by a motor or solenoid. The shorter runner is usually opened in addition to the longer runner and not as a substitute. The opening of this additional shorter runner is done by the IMR.


Where is it located? The IMR valves are located in the throat of each inlet port and the controlling motor is located at the end of the interconnecting shaft.

How does it work? At a predetermined engine speed (>3000rpm) the ECU sends a voltage to the IMR that snaps open the additional inlet portsto boost power output. It does this by either a) directly with an electrical motor or b) it opens a solenoid valve and allows vacuum, sourced from the inlet manifold, to act on a diaphragm to rotate the valve shafts.

Symptoms of a faulty IMR
Associated OBD2 error codes DTCs: P1500 - P1599

  • Power reduction - If the IMR fails to open in the upper rev range the engine will seem to lack any (power) 'head-room'. The engine will still operate but the usual additional power boost in the upper rev range will be absent.

How to Check? Visually check the action of the action of the actuator in response to increasing engine speed.

How to Fix? Check the wires and connections. If the device uses a vacuum, check the tubing for leaks. If the IMR unit is faulty replace it.


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Water on spark plugs on starting is it a blown gasket


not necessarily
have a compression test done first to eliminate the gasket
other points are: - the inlet manifold v motors use a passage in the inlet manifold to cross water between the heads at the back
if your motor is a v motor (not included in the question ) then there could be a corrosion hole in the manifold letting water in to the combustion chamber
corrosion in the head that is allowing water to the inlet manifold --won't show up in a compression test as it will be on the inlet side of the valves
any problems such as a blown head gasket , cracked head or corrosion in the combustion chamber will result in overheating of the engine so the problem ( if the compression test is good ) will be corrosion in a part that is connected to the inlet manifold such as a EGR valve

Jun 29, 2015 | Cars & Trucks

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how to replace a intake plenum gasket


Well basically, you remove the intake plenum and replace the gasket and reinstall the plenum. Here are the steps:

1. Disconnect the negative battery cable from the remote jumper terminal located at the right strut tower.
2. Remove the air inlet resonator and tube.
3. Remove the throttle actuator cables from the throttle arm and bracket.
4. Disconnect Secondary Runner Valve (SRV), Manifold Tuning Valve (MTV), Throttle Position Sensor (TPS), Idle Air Control (IAC) motor electrical connectors.
5. Remove the electrical connector and the Intake Air Temperature/Manifold Absolute Pressure (TMAP) sensor.
6. Disconnect vacuum hoses from the Secondary Runner Valve (SRV) reservoir, Speed Control reservoir, and PCV.
7. Remove right and left intake manifold supports.
8. Remove support brackets at the intake manifold front corners and MTV.
9. Loosen upper fastener attaching throttle body to support bracket.
10. Remove clips attaching EGR tubes to intake manifold.
11. Remove intake manifold bolts and manifold
12. Remove old gaskets, Clean gasket surfaces, and install new gaskets.
13. Reverse steps to reinstall manifold

Jun 16, 2012 | 1999 Chrysler 300M

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starter needs to be replaced. Need instruction procedure for a do it yourselfer.


Hi, I have pasted the procedure from autozone.com below. Because this requires removal of the intake manifold, please be as sure as possible that your starter needs replacement. If you have any doubt, please let me know what your symptoms are and what troubleshooting you have done that led you to believe your starter is bad. Also, if you have any questions about the procedure below, please let me know. Thanks for using FixYa.


Removal & Installation


Disconnect the Negative battery cable


Relieve the fuel system pressure (you can do this by placing a rag over the schrader valve on the fuel rail and pressing in the valve stem--just be careful not to spray fuel on your eyes).


Drain the cooling system.


Remove or disconnect the following:


  • Intake manifold heat shield
  • Sight shield
  • Coil module connectors from the coil modules located on the valve covers
  • Positive Crankcase Ventilation (PCV) hose and valve from the valve cover
  • Fuel regulator vacuum tube
  • Vacuum tubes from the AIR solenoid
  • Fuel inlet and return lines
  • Fuel rail bracket retaining nut at the rear lift bracket
  • 2 pushnuts attaching the engine coolant heater wire and set it aside, if equipped
  • Fuel injector electrical connections
  • Fuel rail and injectors
  • Plenum duct clamp at the rear of the intake manifold, loosen
  • Intake manifold bolts and the manifold
Clean the manifold mating surfaces.


Remove or disconnect the following:
Starter electrical connectors Starter motor

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Fig. View of starter motor removal and wires



To install:

Install or connect the following:

  • -S- terminal wire. Torque the nut to 35 inch lbs. (4 Nm).
  • Starter electrical connectors. Torque the nut to 89 inch lbs. (10 Nm).
  • Starter motor
  • Mounting bolts. Torque the bolts to 22 ft. lbs. (30 Nm).


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Fig. Intake manifold torque sequence- 4.6L engines

  1. Grease the inside edge of the rubber plenum duct.
  2. Position the intake manifold by performing the following sub-steps:
    1. Place the rear of the intake manifold into the plenum duct.
    2. Place the front of the intake manifold downward on to the cylinder heads.

  3. Install the intake manifold bolts and torque to 89 inch lbs. (10 Nm) in the sequence illustrated. DO NOT torque the intake manifold bolts when the engine is HOT or at operating temperature.
  4. Make sure the plenum duct is fully attached to the rear of the intake manifold and tighten the plenum duct clamp to 20 inch lbs. (2.25 Nm).
  5. Install or connect the following:

    Fuel rail and injectors and tighten the rail retainers to 89 inch lbs. (10 Nm) Fuel injector electrical connections Alternator coolant pipe/surge tank pipe and position onto the fuel rail studs Engine coolant heater wire onto the studs and install the pushnuts, if equipped Fuel rail bracket retaining nut at the rear lift bracket and tighten to 89 inch lbs. (10 Nm) Fuel inlet and return lines Vacuum tubes to the AIR solenoid Fuel regulator vacuum tube Positive Crankcase Ventilation (PCV) valve and hose to the valve cover Coil module connectors to the coil modules located on the valve covers Sight shield Intake manifold heat shield Negative battery cable
  6. Fill and bleed the cooling system.

Mar 31, 2011 | 2002 Cadillac Deville

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My starter gave out yesterday. I didnt know it was inside the intake manifold. Either way i started the job last night, i am having a hard time pulling out the manifold. I already loosened the clamp but i cant pull it out, is there a trick?


Hi!!
These are the steps to follow to remove the Starter Motor and the Intake Manifold. If you follow them you'll have no problems when the job is done. Pay special attention to the pre-installation steps for the Intake Manifold.

To Replace the Starter, Remove or disconnect the following:
  1. Negative battery cable
  2. Intake manifold
  3. Starter electrical connectors
  4. Starter motor
View of starter motor removal and wires
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To install, Install or connect the following:
  1. -S- terminal wire. Torque the nut to 35 inch lbs. (4 Nm).
  2. Starter electrical connectors. Torque the nut to 89 inch lbs. (10 Nm).
  3. Starter motor
  4. Mounting bolts. Torque the bolts to 22 ft. lbs. (30 Nm).
  5. Intake manifold
  6. Negative battery cable

INTAKE MANIFOLD
PRIOR TO REMOVAL:
  • Relieve the fuel system pressure
  • Drain the cooling system.

Remove or disconnect the following:
  1. Negative battery cable
  2. Intake manifold heat shield
  3. Sight shield
  4. Coil module connectors from the coil modules located on the valve covers
  5. Positive Crankcase Ventilation (PCV) hose and valve from the valve cover
  6. Fuel regulator vacuum tube
  7. Vacuum tubes from the AIR solenoid
  8. Fuel inlet and return lines
  9. Fuel rail bracket retaining nut at the rear lift bracket
  10. 2 pushnuts attaching the engine coolant heater wire and set it aside, if equipped
  11. Fuel injector electrical connections
  12. Fuel rail and injectors
  13. Plenum duct clamp at the rear of the intake manifold, loosen Intake manifold bolts and the manifold
  14. Clean the manifold mating surfaces.
Intake manifold torque sequence- 4.6L engines

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PRIOR TO INSTALL:
  • Grease the inside edge of the rubber plenum duct.
  • Position the intake manifold by performing the following sub-steps:
  • Place the rear of the intake manifold into the plenum duct.
  • Place the front of the intake manifold downward on to the cylinder heads.
  • Install the intake manifold bolts and torque to 89 inch lbs. (10 Nm) in the sequence illustrated. DO NOT torque the intake manifold bolts when the engine is HOT or at operating temperature.
  • Make sure the plenum duct is fully attached to the rear of the intake manifold and tighten the plenum duct clamp to 20 inch lbs. (2.25 Nm).

Install or connect the following:
  1. Fuel rail and injectors and tighten the rail retainers to 89 inch lbs. (10 Nm)
  2. Fuel injector electrical connections
  3. Alternator coolant pipe/surge tank pipe and position onto the fuel rail studs
  4. Engine coolant heater wire onto the studs and install the pushnuts, if equipped
  5. Fuel rail bracket retaining nut at the rear lift bracket and tighten to 89 inch lbs. (10 Nm)
  6. Fuel inlet and return lines
  7. Vacuum tubes to the AIR solenoid
  8. Fuel regulator vacuum tube
  9. Positive Crankcase Ventilation (PCV) valve and hose to the valve cover
  10. Coil module connectors to the coil modules located on the valve covers
  11. Sight shield
  12. Intake manifold heat shield
  13. Negative battery cable
  14. Fill and bleed the cooling system.
Good Luck!! A HELPFUL - 4 THUMBS - rating for this solution would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for using FixYa.

Nov 11, 2010 | 2001 Cadillac DeVille

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