Curing L98 Tuned Port Intake Leaks - Stop The Seep

Curing coolant leaks on tuned port L98 intakes.

Andy Bolig Jul 12, 2008 0 Comment(s)
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The Tuned Port intake was a vast change from the previous induction systems offered for Corvette. It relied on a simple premise: Increasing the runner length would increase torque.

The L98 Tuned Port took this theory to the limit. With long runners on each side of the plenum that curve around to direct airflow into the main intake housing, the Tuned Port is one of the most recognizable intakes ever made. It worked quite well, too.

Unfortunately, GM was still sending coolant through the intake manifold, so the biggest problem is that the gaskets are showing their age with coolant leaks. Usually, leaks can be seen in the pockets between the head and intake on the rear passenger side of the engine. There are a few more wires or lines running to the intake than there are with a typical carbureted setup in the earlier generations. But with just a bit more information, swapping out the gaskets can be done the same way as any of the sans-electronic small-block predecessors.

With the car timed and tuned, it was ready for another decade and a half of trusty service. Now we can drive it without any coolant leaks, smells, or stains on the driveway. Right. Like it will spend that much time in the driveway!


Corvette Clinic
Sanford, FL




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