Hello, I'm Cam. Please include all the details about your issue so I can accurately advise you. I cannot see your vehicle so please be detailed.
these are NOTORIOUS for this, yes.
They are not bad to replace, and many do them at home.
how will i know when it must be changed
Usually loosing coolant and signs of coolant/oil leaks on the ends of the intake.
you say it is not that bad to do but i am concerned about the location and the components that must be removed in order to access gasket
Well, the upper intake, alternator, bracket for the alternator, coil pack assembly, throttle body, wiring, valve covers.
change the thermostat when you have the lower intake off.
I can do them in 2 hours or so.
anything i should be aware of as a common problem or mistake?
MIxing the intake push rods up with the exahust.
thanks/ any damage in waiting till coolant loss is detected/ currently oil & coolant are ok
No, as long as you keep an eye on it.
any specialized tool required?
only a fuel line disconnect but you can get that at any part store.
any advise on something i may have failed to ask before i attempt?
Use goo gaskets, change the thermostat,other than that, you should be good.
good I mean.
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