Replacing Intake Manifold Boots

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Replacing Intake Manifold Boots

Post by tandemtwins » Thu Jan 09, 2020 9:01 am

Does someone have a link to either a written article or an instructional video that talks about replacing old intake manifold boots with new ones while the engine is still in the car? I've found a few mentions that involve a major tear-down and the boots are just an aside; I want to replace the boots with as little loosening or removing of parts as is possible (dealing with a stock 1600 dual port engine in a VW Beetle). Thanks...
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Re: Replacing Intake Manifold Boots

Post by asiab3 » Fri Jan 10, 2020 2:28 am

Hi there,

I did it on a bus years ago, and posted it here:

https://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewt ... 46#7058946

I would like to correct a few things I learned since then...

Some cars don’t have the nut in step 3. Do NOT spray oil on the boots, but some aerosol silicone spray may help slide them on. The hose clamps do NOT need to be very tight.

Bugs are harder than buses because there is FAR less room to manipulate tools and parts. I’ve done it, but it can get frustrating if you don’t enjoy physical 3-D Tetris. Swivel sockets/extensions/adapters are borderline mandatory.

Good luck!
Robbie
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142k miles with me.
319k miles on Earth.

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Re: Replacing Intake Manifold Boots

Post by tandemtwins » Fri Jan 10, 2020 2:44 pm

Thanks... I will reluctantly take a look! (I keep thinking if I ignore it, it will go away...)
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Re: Replacing Intake Manifold Boots

Post by vwlover77 » Mon Jan 13, 2020 9:06 pm

I replaced them on my Autostick Beetle last summer without removing the engine. It's even more crowded with the ATF filler tube on one side and the control valve and vacuum hoses on the other, but it can be done!

If those boots tear, it's a lean mixture and instant blowtorch heat in your cylinders! Don't ignore them!
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