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Old 06-01-2010, 07:34 PM
Buddythetruck Buddythetruck is offline
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Default Exahust Leak need help!

Hello, I drive a 1997 Ford ranger with a 2.3L 4 Cyl engine with the stock exhaust. I have a leak and was hoping you guys know how to fix my problem.

Here is my situtiation:
There is a connection where the pipe goes from the 2.5" diameter coming out of the cc to the 2.0" pipe going into the muffler. At that connection are two bolts and on the bolts are coil springs. The flange that the spring acts on is completely rusted out. Currently I have the exhaust held together by wrapping a coat hanger around the two flanges and pulling them together. It works fairly well, however it sounds like I have only decreased the size of the leak. I suspect it could be a blown gasket in this same spot. Is there a gasket here? And where can I get a replacement?

Thanks in advance
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Old 06-02-2010, 02:22 PM
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Default Re: Exahust Leak need help!

yeah gasket might be out, try a local auto parts store, as far as the pipe goes, you could try welding it together for a quick easy repair, or maybe fabricating 2 small clamps with some sheet metal and spare nuts and bolts to hold the 2 pipes together. Or buy new OEM or aftermarket exhaust
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Old 06-02-2010, 02:56 PM
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Default Re: Exahust Leak need help!

yeah they make replacement gaskets for that and you can replace the bolts with the springs on it with just regular bolts held in with nuts
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Old 06-02-2010, 08:23 PM
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Default Re: Exahust Leak need help!

if your interested i have the complete stock exhaust assembly from that flange back.

if you have a shortbed it would bolt right up.

and i'm only 2.5 hours away from KC
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Old 07-26-2010, 04:17 AM
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Default Re: Exahust Leak need help!

I have had this same problem. I used 2 muffler clamps I welded on a small tab drilled a hole for the bolt and clamped that aropund the pipe out of the cc. Bolted it up been good so far about a year.
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Old 07-26-2010, 12:51 PM
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Default Re: Exahust Leak need help!

i just replaced my exhaust pipe( it goes from the CC to the muffler) there is an exhasut gasket, i believe it might even me lead? it is tapered and goes into the flange on the CC. if you flange is gone it might not stay there.
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Old 08-10-2010, 10:37 PM
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Default Re: Exahust Leak need help!

i had the same problem what i did was went to ace hardware bought a sheet of metal and tracd the same shape of the bracket and made my own and got rid of those shitty spring bolt things and got some real stainless bolts happend a year ago and is still holding up today ghetto as hell but who cares you cant see it. the shop i went to to buy one told me a new bracket was 160 bucks to replace because they had to drop the exaust but i made it work in under an hour all you need is a wiz wheel and mabey a blow torch to get it over the taper on the exaust.
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Old 08-10-2010, 11:04 PM
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Default Re: Exahust Leak need help!

i have the same problem and i leave it lol it leaks out the water there and i like that. wont rust out my 40 series lol jk jk haha but i had it looked at at the muffler shop he said don't even worry about it. but yours sounds like it came completely off so i would replace it. mine just leaks a lil water on a cold start so i'm not going to even bother it. The only concern i have is the co2 in my cab. But have i never smelled the exhaust smell in the cab before so i think i'm good for now.
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Old 08-29-2010, 04:26 PM
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Default Re: Exahust Leak need help!

just replace the donut gasget and put reagular stainless bolt and lock nuts. dont worry about the springs they just rust and they will last forever
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