What is the point of that metal componant between the intake manifold and the heads?
Due to having a problem with getting fuel in the sump, I decided I would rip off the intake manifold in case it was cracked. (I got another for $10 at a wrecker so I thought why not).
There is a moulded metal sheet, which almost looks like a drip tray, between the intake manifold and the heads/block. My cousin always rips them out and never bothers with them again. Does anybody know the purpose of the part and if it is worth keeping in? The one I just ripped out is in great condition, so if it si best in I will clean it and put it back... but if not, it cant find a nice home in the rubbish tip!
And what may seem like a silly question, but it was not immeadiatly obvious when I ripped of the manifold... does the layers go
or is the gasket around the other way?