I will explain how I check, but you must be careful doing it. With the engine running, I spray carb cleaner on and around the vacuum hoses under the hood as well as the intake gasket. If there is a leak, the engine RPM's will increase.
You can also get a vacuum gauge and check to see what the vacuum pressure is right at the manifold. It should be around 17. If it is much lower, I would question a leak. The only problem is with this method, you don't know where the leak is located.
If you decide to check using carb cleaner, make sure not to spray the cleaner on the exhaust manifold or any other object that could be extremely hot. Carb cleaner is flammable and can catch fire. You should also have a fire extinguisher near by.
Let me know what you find.
Tuesday, November 26th, 2013 AT 5:14 PM