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Old 10-13-2018, 09:28 PM   #1
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Default Unable to remove lower intake manifold on 2004 Vue 3.5 V6

I am in the process of replacing the knock sensor which is under the lower intake plenum.

I can not remove either of the runners. There are 2 studs with nuts for the middle two attachments. Neither plenum has enough room to clear the studs when attempting to remove them.

Has anyone else had this problem or know how to get them out?

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Old 10-13-2018, 09:41 PM   #2
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Default Re: Unable to remove lower intake manifold on 2004 Vue 3.5 V6

Not enough room to clear the studs how?
Can't lift it high enough due to body parts being in the way? Attached pieces stopping it?

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Old 10-13-2018, 10:06 PM   #3
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Default Re: Unable to remove lower intake manifold on 2004 Vue 3.5 V6

There are two lower intake plenums (runners), one attached to each head. The runners face each other at approximately 90 degrees. For each runner, the middle two attachments are studs coming out of the head fastened with a nut. This is due to no clearance for bolts.

The 2 studs are around 3/4 inch long. The lower manifold runners are angled towards each other and very close to each other. There is not enough room to pull the runner away from the head and past the studs in order to lift up and out. The runner trying to be removed will hit the runner on the other head prior to clearing the stud.

I have loosened the runners on both heads and can not maneuver either one out.

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Old 10-14-2018, 01:28 PM   #4
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Default Re: Unable to remove lower intake manifold on 2004 Vue 3.5 V6

I was able to remove the lower manifolds.

What helped me remove them was screwing in the long upper intake manifold bolts and using them for leverage to wiggle the first manifold out. The second manifold comes out easy after the first one gets removed.

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