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How much does it cost to replace an intake manifold runner control?

You can expect an average total replacement cost of $250 to $600 for an intake manifold runner control replacement, with $150 to $300 for parts and $100 to $300 for mechanic labor. The exact price will depend on your vehicle and whether the engine is still under warranty.
How long does it take to replace an intake manifold runner control? In general, it takes around one to three hours for a certified mechanic to complete the job. Your mechanic will perform a preliminary inspection to determine if a replacement is necessary, then follow through with the full replacement. 
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How did we estimate these prices?

Jerry's experts researched and collected data from 2500+ real repair shops in all 50 states in the US, including everything from the total cost of repair services to the hourly labor cost for mechanic labor in each shop. We combined that data with our expert database of hundreds of real repair jobs, thousands of real cars, millions of real car part prices in order to best estimate the cost of each repair service. Our labor cost estimate is calculated by taking the average hourly labor rate for a certified mechanic in the US, times the number of hours it takes on average to complete a repair. We recommend you compare your local shops with Jerry and contact those shops directly to get final pricing for your vehicle.

What parts do I need for my intake manifold runner control replacement and how much do those parts cost?

You can check your owner’s manual or ask your mechanic for precise parts, but here’s the main thing you need:
  1. Intake manifold runner control solenoid valve: The IMRC valve, also known as an actuator, is kept in place by the intake manifold gasket. It’s responsible for controlling the movement of the intake manifold runners, which adjust the airflow into the engine for optimal performance at different RPMs. On its own, it can cost anywhere from $50 to $200. 
  2. Coolant: It's important to have enough coolant ready to refill the cooling system after the IMRC replacement, as some systems may be connected to the engine's cooling system. On average, coolant costs between $10 and $25.
You can purchase intake manifold runner control parts for your car from auto parts stores like AutoZone, NAPA Auto Parts, and Advance Auto Parts, as well as online retailers such as Amazon and RockAuto. Three brands we recommend for intake manifold runner parts are Dorman, ACDelco, and Mopar. However, the best parts and brands for your vehicle’s intake manifold runner control replacement will vary depending on its year, make, and model.
When choosing between OEM or aftermarket options for a new intake manifold runner control, it might be best to go the OEM route. While OEM units might be costlier, they typically last longer and offer more reliability compared to their cheaper aftermarket parts.
You can find intake manifold runner controls at body shops and auto parts shops like AutoZone, NAPA Auto Parts, and Advance Auto Parts, as well as on Amazon. You may also be able to purchase the part directly from your vehicle’s manufacturer—automakers like Ford, Dodge, and Chevrolet often sell parts online.
Before you purchase parts, however, check your owner’s manual to make sure the part you’re purchasing is compatible with your vehicle.

Where can I get my intake manifold runner control valve replaced?

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102 Reviews
Express Oil Change & Tire Engineers #840
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710 S Alafaya Trail,, Orlando, FL
Intake Manifold Runner Control Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$185
(Parts - $155, Labor - $30)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$70
175 Reviews
Kevin's Mobile Repair
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(Remote Truck Service), Norcross, GA
Intake Manifold Runner Control Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$176
(Parts - $155, Labor - $21)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$85
186 Reviews
Oak Street Station
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2403 US HWY 18 INWOOD, Inwood, IA
Intake Manifold Runner Control Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$176
(Parts - $155, Labor - $21)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$30
187 Reviews
106 St Tire & Wheel
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106-01 Northern Blvd, Manhattan, NY
Intake Manifold Runner Control Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$184
(Parts - $155, Labor - $29)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$25
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How did we vet these shops?

Jerry experts researched 2500+ real repair shops across the US. We talked to real shop customers, and analyzed both real shop pricing data and thousands of real customer reviews from each shop to verify them individually. We do not partner with the shops listed above, and our analysis is always unbiased.

How will a mechanic replace my intake manifold runner control?

When a mechanic replaces a intake manifold runner control, they will normally follow these steps:
  • Perform a diagnostic test to investigate your car’s overall airflow
  • Extract the engine trim cover from the engine
  • Remove the faulty IMRC
  • Install the new IMRC
  • Reinstall the engine trim covers
  • Examine the engine to ensure the safety of the new equipment
Keep in mind: The intake manifold runner control is rarely, if ever, inspected during normal maintenance. Ask your mechanic to give it an extra look if you’re concerned you have an issue.

What happens if I don’t replace a bad intake manifold runner control?

When the "butterfly," a crucial valve in the air intake process, fails to open or close, it requires an intake manifold control replacement. 
Left ignored, a bad IMRC can lead to significant engine damage, causing reduced performance, decreased fuel efficiency, and rough idling and stalling. It will also typically trigger the check engine light. Prompt replacement is essential to prevent further damage and keep your vehicle performing optimally.

What is an intake manifold runner control?

The intake manifold runner control is a vital engine management component commonly found in newer cars. It’s typically a motorized or vacuum-actuated unit connected to the intake manifold, responsible for regulating the opening and closing of butterfly valves within the intake manifold runners. Together, these components work to modulate your car’s air-fuel mixture to increase performance. 

What are the symptoms of a bad intake manifold runner control?

There are the key symptoms to look for when evaluating the health of your intake manifold runner control:
  • Noticeably diminished engine performance 
  • Increased fuel consumption—this can be harder to determine and is often also attributed to a variety of other causes
  • An illuminated check engine light—this will alert you that something is wrong and you should see a mechanic for an inspection
  • Engine sputtering or misfiring

How often do you need to replace an intake manifold runner control?

Similar to other controls and switches in a vehicle, the IMRC is designed to last the lifetime of the car. That being said, over time, repeated exposure to hot and humid conditions can cause the IMRC to malfunction.

Is replacing an IMRC yourself easy?

Although replacing an IMRC yourself isn’t the trickiest job, you should be confident in your auto repair and DIY skills. For the average driver, it’s best to let a certified mechanic diagnose and fix the problem.

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Yes, you can technically drive with a bad IMRC, but it’s not recommended to do so for an extended period. While your car may still be operational with a bad IMRC, driving with this issue can cause further damage to your engine and may lead to more significant problems over time.
Generally, the main concern with this trouble code is reduced performance and fuel efficiency. However, if your cylinder head has all the cylinder valves affected, it could lead to a complete engine malfunction.
This service typically takes less than 15 minutes to complete.

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