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Thread: Seafoam to find an exhaust leak?
02-19-2012, 07:30 PM #1
Seafoam to find an exhaust leak?
I've been dealing with what seems like an exhaust leak, but it 's hard to track down and is only audible under load.
Flipping around the web I've seen ideas such as stuffing a towel in the tailpipe, but with a crossover in the exhaust I don't think it would work as good. Another idea was using Seafoam and following the white smoke. This seems like it might be the easiest way to track it down?
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02-19-2012, 08:21 PM #2
sounds like exhaust manifold gasket or if u have lt's header gaskets. I bough a 89 ford bronco and had the same problem. I could only hear the leak under load, 1200-1400 rpm. I thought maybe the manifold was cracked since its such a old vehicle. I pulled the manifolds off and sure enough the bolts were loose and the gaskets were destroyed.
I dont think the sea foam would be the greatest idea since that stuff is pretty nasty , it really smokes you out. Dont want u to be breathing that stuff looking for a leak under the car.. if u do wind up doing that make sure the car is outside very well vented and not in the garage.
02-19-2012, 08:29 PM #3
What if you smoke it from the tail pipe in? I wonder if you could fill the exhaust through the tail pipes without starting the car obviously, just use a smoke machine or something to fill it_________________________________________________
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02-19-2012, 08:32 PM #4
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Under load it's usually header/manifold gaskets... I've pulled mine twice for the same reason... stupid Kooks gaskets.Current
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02-19-2012, 08:42 PM #5
02-19-2012, 08:45 PM #6
My guess is it's the damn header gaskets as well. In my last project we found the #1 primary very loose. Tightened it up but the gasket is probably dead already.
This is a nice setback while my Whipple sits lonely in the garage.
Car has Bassani headers btw.
02-19-2012, 08:53 PM #7
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02-19-2012, 09:47 PM #9
Dwight, you know a good spot on these motors to hook an engine support brace to drop the K?
02-19-2012, 09:52 PM #10
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02-19-2012, 10:03 PM #12
Noise under load is normally header gaskets. However when it's just a pin hole in the exhaust you can start the car cold in the garage and let it idle for a few minutes, garage door open of course. Then look under and you'll see a few droplets of water on the ground where the leak is at.03 Cobra
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02-19-2012, 10:16 PM #13
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02-20-2012, 10:34 AM #15
Time for some Stage 8 Locking header bolts lol2003 SVT Whipple 10th Anny Cobra Coupe
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02-20-2012, 10:59 AM #16
and Remflex gaskets.. I have them on my bassani headers for a few years now with no issues! With the tranny still installed, I just hooked the support brace to the studs almost at the top of the timing cover. You could also do a idler pulley on the driver side and a tensioner bolt on the passenger. Seen and done it both ways.2012 Super Crew Ecoboost F-150 FX4
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02-20-2012, 01:40 PM #17
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02-29-2012, 11:23 PM #19
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How hard is it to get to the bolts and replace the gasket its not the 15 hour job it took me to get the damn headers on is it?
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