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Old 05-23-2012, 06:04 AM   #1
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Exhaust Leak..

I need help! This weekend I put on shorty headers and deleted cat pipes. Well, now I have an exhaust leak on one of the headers and my check engine light just came on. I have no idea when I will have the funds to fix this. Will this exhaust leak damage my engine?? I'm seriously considering going to ford and having them put everything back to specs, but that will cost me money that I don't have
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Okay, step 1, calm down.

Step 2. If you don't have a tune for your engine, the cat delete will cause a code. It's normal and won't hurt your car. Take your time looking for the leak. And don't go dumping money to return to stock because you're having an issue. If we all did that, none of us would have any mods.
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Go get it welded, problem solved for 60 bucks.
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Go get it welded, problem solved for 60 bucks.
I'm assuming his leak is where the header meets the head. I don't think welding is going to work lol
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Re: Exhaust Leak..

Did you torque the bolts in a pattern and in steps? Are they are torqued to spec with a torque wrench? Maybe the gasket is bad or cheap. It should not be too hard to figure out.
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Always use copper coat when applying new gaskets... and you should have ran the car for 30 min after header install then retightened the bolts... just go back an tighten everything back up
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Did you torque the bolts in a pattern and in steps? Are they are torqued to spec with a torque wrench? Maybe the gasket is bad or cheap. It should not be too hard to figure out.
Most headers have bolts you have to use a wrench on. If he's never turned many wrenchs, he won't know what 30/40 ft pounds feels like. The sequence for mine was top then bott, back to front. He needs to loosen them up and retorx , but above all.......... Don't get excited!!!!!!!!!!
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Yeah i didnt read into it lol. I saw exhaust leak and as a welder, my mind jus goes to weld it lol
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Most headers have bolts you have to use a wrench on. If he's never turned many wrenchs, he won't know what 30/40 ft pounds feels like. The sequence for mine was top then bott, back to front. He needs to loosen them up and retorx , but above all.......... Don't get excited!!!!!!!!!!
You're correct Sir, I wouldn't know what 30/40 ft pounds feels like. All this is new to me. My neighbor has a lift in his garage and is always working on muscle cars, I'll ask him to help me out on it.

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I'm assuming his leak is where the header meets the head. I don't think welding is going to work lol
Yes, that is where the leak is. It's annoying, all I hear is that leak over how loud the car is. It might need a double gasket.

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Okay, step 1, calm down.

Step 2. If you don't have a tune for your engine, the cat delete will cause a code. It's normal and won't hurt your car. Take your time looking for the leak. And don't go dumping money to return to stock because you're having an issue. If we all did that, none of us would have any mods.
Step 1..Done freaking out...somewhat...

Step 2. I do have an SCT Tuner...I cleared the codes (they were for the O2's) then I turned off the rear O2 (since that is the only option that the tuner had). Hopefully it stays off.

Step 3. Figures...after all done...I look at my inspection...It's been expired for 2 months!!

Step 4. I hate living at home..Parents not happy with sound...and apparently, nither is my neighbor (who I'm told complained about my car BEFORE I did anything to the exhaust!).

Thanks for the help and support guys, I'm more relaxed after reading your replies. And I won't freak out and have Ford put it back to normal

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Did you torque the bolts in a pattern and in steps? Are they are torqued to spec with a torque wrench? Maybe the gasket is bad or cheap. It should not be too hard to figure out.
Ummm....I torqued top first, no pattern. Used a torque wrench for the top, but did it by hand on the bottom bolts. Could barely fit my small hand and arm in the bottom, so torque wrench wasn't an option!
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You're correct Sir, I wouldn't know what 30/40 ft pounds feels like. All this is new to me. My neighbor has a lift in his garage and is always working on muscle cars, I'll ask him to help me out on it.
It's best to use a lift. Use a short handle wrench and put all u can on it. Hopefully someone didn't crossthread any bolts. With some of them being hard to reach it can happen real easy. If you end up having to replace the gasket, use antiseze on the bolts. Good luck bud the best advice I can give you is patience .

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It's best to use a lift. Use a short handle wrench and put all u can on it. Hopefully someone didn't crossthread any bolts. With some of them being hard to reach it can happen real easy. If you end up having to replace the gasket, use antiseze on the bolts. Good luck bud the best advice I can give you is patience .
Just saw your last post, tighten the bolts one pipe at a time. Meaning top then bottom, back to front . I know its a pita but that's the way It's gota be done. Don't use 2 gaskets or you'll be doing it again, one good one will do the job. As silversky said, you can also use some copper spray if you removing the gasket.
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