Intake manifold gasket

Asked by Dec 23, 2015 at 03:26 PM about the 2001 Chevrolet Malibu

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I had my intake manifold gaskets  replaced and
when I got the car back the coolant was rusty
brown. Should the mechanic have flush the radiator
after?

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No. I had the intake manifold gaskets replaced on my '93 Caprice by the dealer and they didn't flush the cooling system. However, a responsible mechanic should have called you and told you the system needed flushing. The only problem with that is on an older model something is likely to spring a leak once it's been flushed out. He probably didn't want to be on the hook for a radiator, water pump, or heater core. HTH. -Jim

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