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Trying to figure out how to change my intake manifold gasket on a honda civic 97

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Easiest way is to remove all the bolts. You may have two studs which require you to have to really get the intake far away to clear. on the replacement gasket open up those holes so you can just slip it down once you tear the old gasket out. that way you won't have to have much clearance

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  1. Take loose the intake tube from the intake and breather box.
  2. Remove the wiring harness from the intake mahifold there should be 4 injector plugs 3 plgs on the back of the manifold .
  3. You must take loose the fuel lines both the supply line on the left side of the fuel rail and the return line on the fuel pressure regulator
  4. Throtle cable must be taken off of the throtle body(and also dentent or shift cable if it is an automatic trans.)
  5. There is going to be a bracket on the underside of the manifold that more than likely will have to be gotten from the bottom should be a 14mm take loose from the manifold not the block
  6. There will be 8 to 10 12mm bolts that hold the intake manifold onto the head all of which are hard to get with the head still on the car but it can be done for a couple of them u will need a wrench and possibly even a swivel socket
  7. Remove the intake and pay attention to the hose that runs from the intake to the oil breather on the back of the motor its a bit tricky to get back on if u dnt have samll hands
  8. Make sure the gasket area of the intake and head are clean before installing the new gasket
  9. Reverse the instructions to replace the intake and make sure you torque the intake stud nuts to 16 ft/lbs

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