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vacuum ports


ebgbz

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got a 99 3.0l xlt. there are 2 vac ports on top front of intake manifold. they are open with no hose connection. What are they for?
 


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I don't think they are vacuum ports

Most likely you are looking at coolant ports that were used to prevent icing in colder climates

factory heater hoses each had a "T" with a smaller hose going to one of those ports, this circulated coolant around the front of the intake where air velocity is high to keep it warm, this prevents moisture in the in coming air from freezing, called icing which can cause running issues

These "T's" would crack and leak so many people just removed this pre-heater and used regular heater hoses with no "T"
And removed the smaller hoses, you can put rubber caps on the ports so they look "finished" but its not required

In Florida you wouldn't need this type of pre-heater, but it was stock on all 3.0l's for quite a few years
They also had heated PCV Valves :)
 
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