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1996 intrepid, replaced intake gaskets twice and still smokes

I have a 1996 dodge intrepid with a 3.5 litre engine. at first it was fine just a high idle. sounded like there was a vaccum leak so i dug for it coldnt find it so i tried a little starting fluid and it was the intake gaskets so i replaced them and it was ok till i put coolant back in it. it started smoking. so i let it idle for about 10 minutes and it got worse. i thought i had just had a little coolant get in the cylinder when i took intake off. then i went ahead and replaced the intake gaskets again and it didnt seem to help again. tho the first time i did it i used a spray on silicone and i should have knew better. the second time i did it i used regular silicone to fix it with and it still did the same thing. im going to do a compression check and see where im standing on it. but thought if someone else had the same problem. maybe they could help me.

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  • gchevelle24 Mar 05, 2009

    thanks but i tried that and i did have it right the first time what i was seeing was either the rear main or valve seal because the smoke turned grey and my engine locked up

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Intake gaskets for this dodge are not all that expensive. It does sound as if youre getting coolant into your combustion chamber. You would do well to THOROUGHLY clean all mating surfaces off and install a proper intake gasket. But if you must use gasket maker make certain again that your surfaces are clean and once applied and the intake properly torqued allow the gasket maker to set up at least overnight to ensure a good seal. Under pressure your engine will make a tiny leak big quick if the gasket material is not set up well. Also, use a straight edge and feeler gauge set to check corner to corner for any warpage which would allow gasket material to "blow" away under operation. The best advice anyone can give you is to spend $15-$20 on a Hains manual and follow step by step to the letter the advice therein. This manual will easily and professionally guide you into all repairs and tips you will likely ever need to resolve your issues now and the ones to come. Your common Advance auto parts or O Reillys automotive and even Autozone are excellent and handy locations to find these manuals and are WORTH THEIR WEIGHT IN GOLD. Youll also do well to study this book and further familiarize yourself with your Intrepid so that when problems do arise youll have a good idea of where to start. And the fault symptom index with direction at the begining of the book is just icing on the cake. Step by step photos lead the way. You will not regret the purchase and will save you a great deal of time and confusion. I know I love em. Good Luck!!!

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