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Old 02-21-2017, 11:51 AM   #1
adamrobertt
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Exhaust leak? Common?

Just popped an exhaust leak the other day, when accelerating. It only happens when I'm accelerating, makes no noise at idle really.

It sounds like it's coming from the very front of the car, but it is kind of hard to pinpoint exactly where it's coming from.

Are there any common exhaust failure points on these cars? I'm driving a 2005 model with about 180,000 miles on it. Thanks!
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Old 02-21-2017, 05:42 PM   #2
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Donut is probably shot. Could turn into a nightmare for the DIYer if you got a bunch of rust down there.
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Old 04-07-2017, 10:49 AM   #3
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Both of my doughnuts are shot and there is a ton of rust. No way they are coming out without a torch. Is there away to replace header, downpipe, and exhaust without going broke? Aftermarket parts?
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Old 04-07-2017, 11:15 AM   #4
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Both of my doughnuts are shot and there is a ton of rust. No way they are coming out without a torch. Is there away to replace header, downpipe, and exhaust without going broke? Aftermarket parts?
Mine looked really bad. I did have to cut the nuts off on the joint behind the cat and buy a hardware kit but for now those flanges were ok. I never expected the header-cat flange bolts to come out on this 11 yr old WI E but I found a quality 6 point 1/2 inch drive socket that fit snugly and tapped it on. With a good (WWII vintage tank tool set) 1/2" extension and an 18" breaker bar I worked them back and forth trying hard to stay below snapping torque. They BOTH came loose After that it was new bolts and doughnuts and easy going. Sometimes you win when you least expect it. I had aftermarket doughnuts from RockAuto but the ID was just wrong (loose) on the front one and the shape on the rear. I just tossed them and used OEM ones which fit perfectly.
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Old 04-20-2017, 05:42 PM   #5
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Worst case scenario (mine): I had a crack in my exhaust mani just ahead of the flange. They needed to replace just about everything in the end (cuz I've been driving it through 12 salty winters) spent about $900
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Old 04-21-2017, 12:36 PM   #6
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Just had the same problem and fixed it (05 EX)

It was clearly coming from the cat/manifold connection but I changed spring bolts and gaskets before and after the cat as both sets were rusted bad and had only 2 of the 4 springs present. Needless to say I was a perfect 4 for 4 in the "breaking bolts" category...as in I broke all 4. Little cutting, little drilling little grinding and put her all back together.
As far as cost, I think it cost me maybe $40 bucks in parts.
Walker has plenty of aftermarket exhaust stuff at a good cost. The quality looks great out of the bag but I can't speak to the longevity of the stuff just yet. I may be underneath again in a couple of years replacing them but hey, it's always easier the second time.
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