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Exhaust leak

Discussion in 'Ford Trucks' started by R.J.B., Mar 26, 2010.

  1. R.J.B.

    R.J.B. Member
    Messages: 98

    First of all i am new to this site and it is great!! This is my question. I have a 2003 f-250 5.4 with 60k, the passenger side manifold is leaking and getting the typical tickin sound. What is everyones opinion about changing both sides out and putting on stainless headers? I want to put on gibson headers.Plus i figure i will get more power and cooler temps.And hopefully i won't have to change them out again.

  2. kashman

    kashman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,070

    thats what i did had 2 drill out 5 bolts
  3. ABsnow

    ABsnow Member
    Messages: 32

    do it if you have the money because it only gets worse. seems like a common Ford problem, can only repair the studs so many times before manifold starts rotting away.
  4. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    Betting you have more then a few broken manifold bolts.
    www.ford-trucks.com has several pages with pictures and details on how to do the swap
  5. Brucester1

    Brucester1 Senior Member
    Messages: 361


    Replaced both exhaust manifolds on both my F-1 50's atleast replaced bolts with stainless steal studs and number one rule don't heat the head with a torch to get the bolts out. :)
  6. TJS

    TJS PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,324

    But you can heat the stud to get it out of the head. I actually had to plasma cut the nuts off cause there was no way to hammer a socket on them no matter what size socket was used. I then had to weld nuts to all the studs and the head help break them loose.
  7. Brian Young

    Brian Young PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,382

    Its a real PITA no matter how you go at it! When I turned wrenches on the cop cars it seemed when they started getting around 40-60k, they were always going bad. Ive done so many of those stupid things. My 06 f250 started to go bad at just under 30k and they replaced both sides under warranty.:D A right angle drill is great to have.
  8. Bossman 92

    Bossman 92 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,768

    I have a 00 f350 that we replaced the manifold gaskets on at least 7 times. A few months ago it was time to replace them both again, so instead we replaced the whole friggin motor. :nod:

  9. clydebusa

    clydebusa Member
    Messages: 85

    That is friggin funny! I would agree after 7 I would do the same!
  10. brad96z28

    brad96z28 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,526

    why not?????
    Last edited: Sep 20, 2010
  11. Bossman 92

    Bossman 92 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,768

    I am pretty sure it will warp the head if you apply heat.

  12. brad96z28

    brad96z28 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,526

    Have not warped one yet. But if u use to much heat u are in deep #$^@#
  13. TJS

    TJS PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,324

    I have not either. Heat is your friend in this situation to get the stud out. As stated before too much of a good thing is not good.