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Thread: 5.7L Gasket

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    Default 5.7L Gasket

    I have heard that there is a known issue with the 5.7 L engine.

    Around 75,000 miles on the origional gasket it might start leaking. A lot of people have it leak early and have them replaced under warranty. Chevy has since improved the gasket design.

    Should I stay away from Felpro? How about the ultra Gray gasket seal? Anyone have any input on this?

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    I might have this issue. I'll post it in its own thread also to see if anyone knows about it.

    I have been hearing a noise from the engine of my Tahoe for the past week. Sounds like a flat tire hitting the pavement over and over when you're under the hood, and from the inside it almost sounds like a chirping or sipping sound.

    It sounds like an exhaust leak that is from the intake manifold somewhere. It's coming from the driver-side intake, right below the TB/Intake mating surface. Could be a bad gasket?

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    Meathead, I'm assuming you are talking about the intake manifold gasket. Mine held up to about 150,000, so I feel luck after reading many posts about this. Leak shows itself at the rear of the engine as a coolant leak.

    I replaced with a Felpro kit. Had the help of a mechanic friend. Job took about 5.5 hours, probably would have been more like 8 if I done it on my own. Having the correct tools really helped in two places, removing one of the pulleys, and resetting the timing, which can only be done correctly with a diagnostic computer.

    Good luck.

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    That's got to be the intake manifold gasket. I've read that there were problems on several years with the factory gasket. I've not heard of a known problem with other ones like the head or valve cover or pan gasket, just the intake..

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    Those gaskets usually begin leaking around 75,000 or so. If you do it yourself, 2 words of advice. Corteco gaskets and ultra gray. Corteco is a superior product to Felpro. Corteco is the original Chevy gasket division of General Motors.

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    hed my intakes go at about 80,000, took it in and shop did it in a bout 4hrs. but they're real good with those gaskets, ( that shop gets a lot of intakes)

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    4 hours of labor, at what $70/hour?

    It's been a while since I've had to replace anything like that. I live in rented space right now, no room for a project like that.

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    Default 99 Tahoe with problems

    I think I now know why my Tahoe starts miss firing when going up steep hills. Runs fine otherwise but I have noticed my coolant disappearing and pressure test showed no leaks.

    My question for the group:
    Is GM stepping up on this issue? obviously a serious defect.
    If DEXCOOL is the problem, should I use something else before my engine rots away?

    Thinking of joining the class action suit if dexcool is the cause.
    Anyone know more about this?


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    I've not heard of any class action suit. is there one?
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