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Intake manifol 2003 camry intake plenum coming apart need to replace on 4 cyd how hard is it

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It's time consuming and can be tedius, but not much harder than changing spark plugs. Just a few more steps. You will need a torgue wrench and a manual, as well as normal engine mechanics tools. Don't force anything. The bolts are steel and they go into aluminum. The electrolosis between the 2 metals tends to lock the bolts into place. They will snap if you try to hurry them.

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