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My car failed the emissions test and needs new intake manifold. How much should it cost? Where would you recommend I take it?

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Amanda J. Pierce, MBA Mary, Thank You for writing into AskPatty, you can call around to reputable repair shops in your area for an average cost. We have a tool on our website that can assist in that process as well. You can begin by contacting your local dealership as a cost benchmark, which may be on the higher end. Not knowing your location, these tools should help in your estimate process. AJ Pierce

Kerri Papajohn, Marketing Director at USA Sealants, Inc. What is the make, model, year, and engine size? Costs range dramatically. Ex. A Cadillac Northstar engine costs are very different from a Cavalier 2.2.

Kristin Brocoff, Director of Corporate Communications at CarMD.com Sorry to hear that your car failed it's emissions test. That can be so frustrating. The cost to replace an intake manifold varies depending on the year of your Dodge and whether you need the gaskets replaced as well. According to the CarMD Vehicle Health Index database, it should cost between $300 and $700, including parts and labor. There is also the possibility that it just needs to be cleaned or has a small leak, which would cost less to repair. It's always a good idea to confirm the diagnosis with a mechanic, repair shop or dealership that employs ASE-certified technicians. You can also double check with a product such as the CarMD Vehicle Health System, which will tell you if your car is ready to pass its emissions test before you go. Let us know what the fix was and best of luck to you! Kristin Brocoff, CarMD.com Corporation

Lori Johnson, Owner and Instructor at Ladies Start Your Engines Dear Mary, Use www.repairpal.com to find a price by using your zip code. Make sure that you really need a new intake manifold. If you just had someone read the code, it could be something that's causing that part to read bad. If you haven't already, get a certified technician to check the code. You can go to http://locator.ase.com/blue/ to find a shop near you with certified technicians. Lori Johnson www.ladiesstartyourengines.com

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