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Re: Exhaust manifold connecting bolts (archive)

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Posted by Bill on August 29, 2001 at 01:55:57:

In Reply to: Exhaust manifold connecting bolts posted by Steve///M on August 29, 2001 at 01:36:28:

I'd be verrry careful about driving the car with missing exhaust studs. Apparently the gaskets have a tendency to blow out as well, and if that happens, you might be looking at burned valves. Others on this board will have more experience than I, but proceeding with caution is probably a good thing. Might also be worth a call to your local ///M mechanic to get his opinion.

By the way, I also have experience buying bolts from the dealer for my car -- and I agree that the prices are BS, but at least the quality is good...much better than the stuff at the local Grand Auto.

Bill



Does anyone know what size these bolts are? My local dealer was absolutely no help, except to tell me they had them in stock for $3/each! It seems to me that 1) that's kind of expensive for something I could get at a hardware store for $.10, and 2) kind of a long way to drive to get it (they're across town from me).
I was finally able to get under the car to see the manifold (I was moving last week and didn't really have the time), and discovered there are 3 of them missing!! I know from reading the posts here that this is common, but this seems kind of crazy! Also, now that I see them, it seems like a kind of crappy set up. Has anyone replaced these with a different style of bolt that doesn't fall out or come loose?
Finally, I'm wondering how bad it is for the engine to drive it like this. It makes an awful noise, but I don't know what if any damage I may be doing in the interim. As a precaution, I've stopped driving it other than when I have no option not to, but I was just curious if I should park it until these bolts are replaced.

Thanks for any input you may have!!
-Steve





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