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2002 Buick Rendezvous CX: oil change..intake manifold..coolant Flush

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2002 Buick Rendezvous CX, 96000 miles. in for an oil change. Firestone store is recommending: 1. remove & replace intake manifold = $874 2. new thermostat $331 3. coolant Flush $90 and 4. left inner tie rod end is starting to get loose $283. no issues that i am aware of. are these critical to replace now? is the price fair? in Omaha NE.
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Car
Expert:  BigBob replied 6 years ago.

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How many miles are on your vehicle and why do they want to replace the intake gaskets?

Expert:  BigBob replied 6 years ago.

Greetings and welcome back to just answer!!!!!!!!!!!!

How many miles are on your vehicle and why do they want to replace the intake gaskets?





Customer: replied 6 years ago.

96,000 miles. they stated that " lower intake gasket slight leak" left inner tie rod has play


Expert:  BigBob replied 6 years ago.
Thanks for the response!!!

The intake is a very common problem on all GM V6 and V8 engines, but if it is a slight leak it will not harm to drive for a little while, just make sure to keep coolant level up. The pricing is correct. The tie rod end can go a little longer as long as you are not experiencing any uneven tire wear or pulling or noises in the front end. Coolant flush is due at 100k miles so you are pretty close. The thermostat is also a pretty big job, but if you are not overheating this does not have to be done at this time.

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