Intake manifold leak?

Tiny
ROBERT LOUDERMILK SR.
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  • 2003 FORD EXPLORER
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  • V8
  • 4WD
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  • 140,000 MILES
I asked what the part was that the thermostat housing was bolted to, and a mechanic answered it was the water pump. I disagreed and after researching it looks like the crossover. Could this be right?
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Monday, October 28th, 2019 AT 12:56 PM

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Tiny
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Hi,

The thermostat housing bolts to the intake manifold. Take a look at the pictures attached for more detail. Let me know if there are more questions. Thanks
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Monday, October 28th, 2019 AT 6:56 PM
Tiny
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You are right. Thanks. How do I remove it. The bolts are on the bottom side of the manifold. Appreciate your help.
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Wednesday, October 30th, 2019 AT 7:04 AM
Tiny
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This is part of the manifold and is not removable separate. It is a single molded component.

Here are the steps to remove the intake manifold. Let me know if you need more info.
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Wednesday, October 30th, 2019 AT 6:11 PM
Tiny
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Thanks. I watched it on YouTube. The guy had a new intake with built in rubber gaskets. No gasket sealer involved. Looked easier.
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Wednesday, October 30th, 2019 AT 6:44 PM
Tiny
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Where do you live man? I'll just let you do it. Thanks again.
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Wednesday, October 30th, 2019 AT 6:46 PM
Tiny
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Haha. This is a little involved but not a bad job. I would do it but I have a job where I don't have to get my hands dirty anymore and I do this on the side. I like having clean finger nails too much to go back to actually turning wrenches.

Let us know if you need anything else.
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Wednesday, October 30th, 2019 AT 6:51 PM
Tiny
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Is there a sequence and what is the proper torq of the manifold bolts?
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Thursday, October 31st, 2019 AT 11:53 AM
Tiny
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Yes. The 14th attachment above. I reattached it here.
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Thursday, October 31st, 2019 AT 5:16 PM
Tiny
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Thanks, you've been a big help.
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Tuesday, November 5th, 2019 AT 10:14 AM
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KASEKENNY1 is one of your best! Use 2CarPros anytime, we are here to help. Please tell a friend.
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Tuesday, November 5th, 2019 AT 10:15 AM
Tiny
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Yes, I agree. He is very good.
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Wednesday, November 6th, 2019 AT 4:08 PM
Tiny
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Thanks for your help Kenny. I finished the intake manifold job today. I also replaced the serpentine belt and spark plugs.
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Monday, February 24th, 2020 AT 10:40 AM

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