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Old 08-10-2020, 09:48 PM   #1
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Default Original Metal Exhaust Manifold Gasket

Curious to know how many others reuse the metal compression gasket for the exhaust manifold. Mine is original to the car, and has 360,000 miles on it. It has seen an engine rebuild at 219K, and a head gasket replacement just a few months ago. Considering its track record, I wouldn't dream of replacing it with a fibrous gasket.

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I pulled my exhaust manifold either 3 or 4 times (can't recall exactly) to clean air passages to get rid of the dreaded P0410 code. Reused the original gasket each time with no problems. I did always tighten the manifold bolts in a consistent pattern and avoided overtightening.
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I'm pretty sure I got a new metal gasket in my rebuild kit.
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At 286,000 miles, i just replaced my exhaust manifold/pre-cat, and re-used the original metal gasket. The gasket they sent with the new manifold covered the small holes in the head, so i elected not to use it. I've had no issues.
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I pulled my exhaust manifold either 3 or 4 times (can't recall exactly) to clean air passages to get rid of the dreaded P0410 code. Reused the original gasket each time with no problems. I did always tighten the manifold bolts in a consistent pattern and avoided overtightening.
Funny that you mention that. My friend's '01 SL2 has clogged passages, but doesn't throw the code. Did compressor work, and in the process noticed that the air pump line was clogged, so unclogged that, but also noticed that the manifold passages were clogged, and had had enough for the night, so they haven't been unclogged yet. Guess he's lucky, though he always has some other code.
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