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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 12-31-2010 Thread Starter
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2002 Mustang 3.8 exhaust problem

Hello....

I changed the clutch on my Mustang, and I can't seem to get the exhaust connections not to leak.

I have a small leak from the muffler connection, but a large leak from the right bank. The left bank is just fine.

Could this be a problem related to the a/c drain dropping water on the exhaust pipe?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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I am assuming that you do not have headers etc. So of the leak is right where the gasket goes to the manifold then yes you need to tighten the pipe until the seal between the ppipe and gasket are sealed to the manifold. The studs should be strong enough to take the torque you will need to make the seal. As far as the A/C drain goes it would be best not to have it drip on the pipe as it will cause premature wear and eventually cause the pipe to fail.

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The source of the exhaust leak is where the manifold and the ehaust pipe come together.

There is no gasket there, just a round lip on the exhaust pipe and a corresponding groove around the opening in the manifold.

Ford screwed up on the design of the drain for the A/C.
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