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Old 07-11-2010, 05:54 PM
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How can you know for sure if you have an exhaust leak? Any suggestions on how and what to check?
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Old 07-11-2010, 06:21 PM
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What makes you think you have one? Did the sound change, lose power? Take off the heat shields and inspect the entire system. The gaskets would be the first place I would check and any place there is a weld, like a stepped header or mounting brackets. But check the entire system cause I've seen pipes crack straight down the side.
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Old 07-11-2010, 06:29 PM
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Smoke from a stick of incense works great.
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What makes you think you have one? Did the sound change, lose power? Take off the heat shields and inspect the entire system. The gaskets would be the first place I would check and any place there is a weld, like a stepped header or mounting brackets. But check the entire system cause I've seen pipes crack straight down the side.
I just all of a sudden starting hear this noise like alot of air. I took a piece of paper, folded it up, & put it where the pipes go into the engine. Then I revved it up. The paper did not move one bit on either head. Just a weird noise. I thought it was from the new engine guard I put on but I can hear it when it's sitting still. Any suggestions?
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Old 07-11-2010, 08:28 PM
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Loose shield maybe? Let it cool down and check all the way around the engine and exhaust looking for something that vibrates when you tap it. Is it a constant noise, or a pfft,pfft,pfft sound? If you do have a leak the smoke will show it a lot faster than a piece of folded up paper. Also check the junction between your header pipes and the muffler cans.
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Old 07-11-2010, 09:55 PM
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Loose shield maybe? Let it cool down and check all the way around the engine and exhaust looking for something that vibrates when you tap it. Is it a constant noise, or a pfft,pfft,pfft sound? If you do have a leak the smoke will show it a lot faster than a piece of folded up paper. Also check the junction between your header pipes and the muffler cans.
I will check out all of that tomorrow. Thanks man.
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Take a shop rag and hold it over the end of the mufflers and see if you can catch any leaks with the incense stick.
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Ratbob hit the nail on the head. I tightened up the clamps on the heat shields and the sound went away. Thanks guys.
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noises SUCK - glad you found it!
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You'll hear a more pronounced "tikking" sound at speed and if you put your hand over the end of the exhaust at idle you'll be able to feel a slight "inward" sucking sensation.
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