CarTalk.com Best of Deals Car Reviews Repair Shops Cars A-Z Radio Show

How do I Inspect Intake Valves Without Removing Intake Manifold?

@ [john.smith0909123_160324]
Are you looking to inspect your intake valves:
a) to look for a burnt area on the valve seat?
or:
b) to look for carbon buildup between the valve stem and face?

If it’s the former, then a leakdown test would work fine.
It it’s the latter, then a borescope-type device would be better.

Could you remove the spark plugs and go in through the plug opening, and look at each valve when it’s open, by manually rotating the engine?

Yeah, not to mention no loss to wall impingement and subsequent skewing of the intake charge as it {relatively} slowly evaporates back into the intake flow. Wet intakes are so last century :wink:

1 Like