In an effort to locate the tick-tick-ticking in my newly acquired '99 2.0 Supercharged AEG, I removed the engine cover to find a loose #1 spark plug wire and plug. After removal, gapping, and installation of the Autolite double platinum (new NGKs ordered), I noticed a broken manifold gasket (yellow box). Is this a "park it" until replaced item? Also, the manifold mounting bolts seem to be stripped (red arrows). Is this common? I need to get a manual for the Neuspeed Supercharger. I need to remove it the replace #2 & #3 spark plugs.
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