What does this mean?
We're reasonably sure the intake manifold has failed. The intake manifold channels air and fuel into the engine. It is located on the top of the engine. Normally, the intake manifold has coolant passages to route coolant through to the cylinders. In your case, one of the coolant passage have failed. This is a common problem for this engine. It's hard to know for sure until a mechanic arrives onsite. We've listed quotes for both sides and will authorize your credit card for the full amount. You will not be charged until the issue is verified. Once a mechanic arrives, they will verify the problem has been correctly identified.
On a scale of 1 to 10, we rate this to have an urgency of 5. Some repairs have very low urgency, and we give those a 1. With these repairs, you can wait for as long as you would like, because it will not ever result in harm to you or your vehicle. These are usually cosmetic damages.
We consider a 5 to be something that will eventually need to be done, but you can likely get away with holding off for a while if other things are more pressing. However, if a repair is close to a 10 (or at a 10), this means you should NOT be driving the vehicle, and should get this repaired as soon as possible.
What happens if I wait?
Almost every car over 5 years old leaks somewhere. Almost no one fixes the leak unless it causes a big problem. This is no different. Unless the car is overheating, we would tell them to ignore it but keep an eye on it over time. See if it gets worse and refill when needed. Also, make sure that you use coolant rated for the vehicle (different cars take different coolant) If the car is overheating, it needs to be fixed immediately. As mentioned, even two minutes at high temperatures causes serious damage - dramatically increasing the cost of the repair.
How complicated is this repair?
- This job has no tools required, and can be completed by just about anyone.
- This requires a relatively handy person, but little experience working on cars exclusively.
- This warrants an average person who’s done a fair amount of car repair. Think the weekend mechanic who’s done a brake job or two!
- At this difficulty, the average mechanic could do the job, but you wouldn't want to do it yourself without a fair amount of experience.
- This job is very specialized, requiring very expensive tools only a specialty shop has and a high level of expertise.