Although there are a lot of performance freaks out there who prefer noisy exhaust systems, there are still those who want to keep their cars as quiet as possible. If you're one of the latter, then you should know that the slightest leak through a worn-out exhaust pipe gasket can cause a lot of noise.That's because most of the noise is eliminated in the resonating chamber located midway along the exhaust line. Most exhaust leaks occur in the area before the resonating chamber because this is where there is most pressure.Usually, a stock exhaust pipe gasket lasts long, but road salt and water can shorten its life. Heat and road salt both cause the gasket to harden and crack, thus causing exhaust leaks.Usually, a stock exhaust pipe gasket lasts long, but road salt and water can shorten its life. Heat and road salt both cause the gasket to harden and crack, thus causing exhaust leaks.
• Ensures a tight fit between the exhaust pipes
• Made from premium rubber material that makes it last longer than stock gaskets
• Provides a direct fit for easy installation
Get Maximum Performance: Replacing an Exhaust Pipe Gasket
Each of the components of your vehicle play their own respective roles that make your car operate properly. Also called as a "donut", the exhaust pipe gasket seals the area where the exhaust pipe is connected to the manifolds composed of cast iron. It's usually installed on customer cars and performance vehicles to reduce weight and improve the car's overall performance. To change a broken exhaust pipe gasket, you can follow this quick replacement guide:
Difficulty level: Moderate
Materials you will need:
- Jack and jack stands
- Wrench set
- Socket set
- Putty knife
- Safety gloves
Step 1: Park your vehicle in a safe area and turn off the engine. You might have to wait for a couple of minutes before starting the replacement, since the engine can be too hot after use.
Step 2: After the engine has cooled down, lift the car using a jack and support it with jack stands placed in specified points underneath your vehicle.
Step 3: Once the car is securely raised, roll under it with caution. Look for the eight bolts that hold the exhaust flange. You will notice that there are two bolts situated on each of the exhaust ports. These ports can be found on both sides of the header tubes.
Step 4: Grab the putty knife and use it to release the exhaust flange from the head. It usually gets stuck on either the left or right side. But it can sometimes get stuck on both ends as well. To loosen the connection, carefully slide the knife in between and slowly move it back and forth, until you begin to feel the exhaust flange wiggling.
Step 5: Take out the old exhaust flange gasket. You can find this located between the head and the header flange. Inspect the gasket to see if there is any broken part of the component. If there is, it probably means that there's a piece of gasket still stuck to either the head or the flange. When this happens, you must eliminate all of the bits of gasket that's left there or remove the remaining bolts. If these bits are left there, the new exhaust pipe gasket will not seal accurately. Use the putty knife to gently scrape off any remaining bits and pieces of the previous exhaust flange. Continue scraping around the area until you are convinced that all of the old bits and pieces have been removed.
Step 6: To set up the new exhaust pipe gasket in place, insert the gasket into the area between the head and the flange. You must slot it over each end so that it can easily slide over the bolts that were kept on the head in order to perfectly align the gasket.
Step 7: Return the six bolts that you removed earlier, and make sure that they go through the holes of the header gasket. After all of the bolts are back in their place, tighten the bolts, then pull down the flange across the head. Proceed to the other side of the engine and repeat the steps above.