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Old 08-08-2013, 01:44 PM   #1
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Another exhaust leak?

So I got headers put on and had to replace a spark plug broken in the process (not sure if that matters) and now it is a very slight tick for the first few miles until the car warms up. It is very close to the pedals and stuff. It's definitely on the driver's side. I was wondering what could be leaking or making it tick. All of the hardware was new, including the gaskets
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Did you re-torque the header bolts?
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Did you re-torque the header bolts?
I didn't do it but I'm guessing they did. Not sure
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You should always re torque the bolts after the headers heat and cool down
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You should always re torque the bolts after the headers heat and cool down
How should I go about doing that lol. I'm new to cars
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It could also be the collector leaking, where do you feel the heat coming from? Or you can grab a length of vacuum tubing 3/8ths works best. Stick it in your ear and move the other end all over the manifold to head mating surface and youll be able to pinpoint the leaks.
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Could also be the collector, just grab a wrench and check if the bolts are tight. Or take it BAck to who ever did it and have them make it right
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It could also be the collector leaking, where do you feel the heat coming from? Or you can grab a length of vacuum tubing 3/8ths works best. Stick it in your ear and move the other end all over the manifold to head mating surface and youll be able to pinpoint the leaks.
I couldnt feel any heat coming from anything. I just could tell while driving that it was really close from where I was sitting. And I'll try the vacuum thing when it cools down
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Could also be the collector, just grab a wrench and check if the bolts are tight. Or take it BAck to who ever did it and have them make it right
And definitely not taking it back to who did it because I've went to him like 3 times because we couldn't figure out what the problem was with the misfire and it was the sparkplug. Then I told him it was fixed by changing it. So I don't want to get him again to fix something after I told him it was done. I'll go check the collector.

I had a crack in my manifold and that's why I got the headers put on and the tick/leak now is not nowhere near as bad. People in the passenger seat can barely even hear it
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Is the collector the part connecting the y pipe and headers? If so that's hard to get to to check
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Just hack the car up and tighten all the bolts you see.
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Just hack the car up and tighten all the bolts you see.
Alright ill see what I can do
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