Questions about Exhaust systems, Catalytic Converters and Headers/Manifolds

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Does exhaust gas pressure impact the output of narrowband lambdas?

In the course of writing this answer I learnt that the current output of wideband lambda sensors is sensitive to exhaust gas pressure. This technical document for Bosch LSU 4.2 widebands explains how ...
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What Can I Learn From Exhaust Manifold Temps?

I was wondering what I can learn from the temperatures on the individual exhaust pipes coming out of each cylinder. The question is general, and my specific example is on my 98 Mazda 626 GF 2L. Last ...
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Remove rounded manifold bolt

I'm trying to take off the manifold bolts on an old Chevy 350 (the ones that connect the manifold to the header). I got 4 out of the 6 bolts out, but 2 are extremely struck and rounded due to all the ...
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Lost torque on my Yamaha XVS650

I have a Yamaha DragStar 650 1999. I have a Highway Hawk exhaust and I removed the baffles. Now the exhaust is completely open. When the engine is cold I can start it only if I pull the acceleration ...
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Why no exhaust gas turbine generator in hybrid vehicles?

I found something interesting on Wikipedia today: a hybrid turbocharger. This is a device that charges a battery with an exhaust gas turbine, and at the same time operates an air compressor using the ...
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How to install a California oxygen sensor into a federal catalytic converter assembly?

I have a 2000 Mitsubishi Galant ES 2.4L Engine with California emissions. Installed is a new federal catalytic converter assembly. The problem is that I do not know what kind of oxygen sensor to ...
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2009 Aprilia RSV1000 - Piggy Back ECU, Should I get one?

I have an Aprilia Tuono, 2009. It seems to run lean after putting an Akrapovic exhaust on it. It makes exhaust popping sounds on deceleration. My boyfriend said I need a power commander on it to ...
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How can I tell if I have bad cats?

No, not that cat! Catalytic converters - or "cats" - have a nasty habit of failing with age. What are the symptoms associated with a cat that's gone bad? Are there any tests that could ...
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Car leaks oil when driving, Oil from exhaust pipe

Car leaks oil when driving not while parked. The bottom of the vehicle is covered with oil and there's white smoke coming from tail pipe when driving. It sat and there no oil puddle in garage but ...
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What is the “dollar bill” test?

One of the questions recently made reference to an exhaust failing the "dollar bill" test. How does one perform it and what does it tell you?
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15 ppm of CO levels inside car

I constantly measure 15 ppm of CO inside my car after a long commute (~1 hour of continuous driving, but the overall trip can take from 1.5 to 2 hours depending on my destinations before heading home)....
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2013 Subaru WRX - Stripped exhaust bolt

I got an exhaust and I was putting it on my car (2013 wrx) and had to disconnect the exhaust after the midpipe. The bolts were rusted so I PB blasted them, and then got one set of bolts off. When I ...
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How long will my motor last having clogged catalytic converters?

My catalytic converters have been clogged for awhile, and the o2 sensors need changed because of this. What is it doing to my engine? And gas mileage for that matter? If i take out my ...
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I just found out that my muffler wasn't even connected. I was driving it around lots is that bad?

I have an 1991 Ford Explorer. I just found out my muffler wasn't connected. I was wondering why it was so loud when I got it. I have been driving it for a month now and I'm hoping I didn't wreck ...
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2006 Scion Tc Base - lots of vibration and bad smell from exhaust

2006 Scion Tc base automatic transmission, has 149k miles on it.The car used to vibrate a little at idle. It suddenly started vibrating a lot. It is shaking as if there's an earthquake! Idle rpm at ...
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Bad exhaust leak or valve interference after HG change?

2006 Volvo s40 2.4i I replaced my HG the other day (I've done a few before with no problems). I was very careful marking everything. Locking the cams together with a cam locking tool specific for ...
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Mercedes veto Exhaust

Just got a new exhaust fitted, the part that goes from the front wheel area all the way to the back. And NOW there is a smell of exhaust fumes in the veacle, that seams to be coming from the vents. ...
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Sputtering while driving & idling

[My car: 2004 Mazda 3] So, my wife came home from running some errands and told me the check-engine light was on and that the car was sputtering and felt like it was going to stall while stopped at ...
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White smoke is coming from my engine. how do i find out what it is?

I own a 92 chevy lumina, when i drive or let it run for a little bit it will smoke from underneath the upper radiator hose. it is not the actual radiator hose as i changed it thinking it was that. ...
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What is this exhaust type thing?

What is this black exhaust type thing coming off the side of this land cruiser? What is it for?
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Will Driving 100 Miles With a Misfire Damage My Car?

Background: I have a 2002 Dodge Dakota Quad Cab slt with 4.7L Magnum V8. My check engine light came on when I was at work. I then drove 20 miles home to my house, pulled out my scan tool and ...
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How hot does an exhaust manifold get?

If I want to use a non-contact infrared thermometer to read the temperature of each cylinder at the exhaust port during idle, how high of a reading should the thermometer be able to handle?
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Is it OK to not fix a power steering rack leak?

I have a 97 Honda Accord with 122K miles on it. Recently, if I drive over bumpy roads, I'll sometimes feel vibrations seemingly from the underside of the car, almost as if something might be loose. ...
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Chiptuning for a car with DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter) is a bad idea?

I know that it is possible to disable DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter). I'm wondering how bad it could be to leave DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter) functioning and add a chip to a car?
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2004 Subaru XT under powered and smoking after oil change

Over the weekend I traveled home and back: about 140mi each way. About half way there the engine light came on, and, realizing it had been about 4500 miles since my last oil change, I added oil to the ...
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Does hitting the exhaust on bumps (Bottoming Out) damage my car?

I see hundreds of exhaust scrapes on speed humps and things, or general gashes in the direction in which cars travel over them. Does hitting the exhaust on bumps damage the car? It's probably ...
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Clamping two 2" exhaust pipes together

I have a replacement exhaust system that I just bought. Just has a tailpipe, muffler, and a flange that connects to the header. What would be the best way to join these pipes, aside from welding it? ...
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Removing the smog pump on an 84 Ranger

I have an old 84 Ranger with a 2.8L V6 and I'm trying to squeeze out as much power out of the engine as possible. The cat had been removed by the last owner, so the pump was essentially just pushing ...
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Gasket sealant with exhaust manifold

I am about to reinstall my exhaust manifold on a V6 Tacoma and I was contemplating the need for gasket sealant. When the old one came off, it didn't look like it had any sealant so my guess is no. ...
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Mass Air Flow Expected Values

I have a 2002 Audi A4 Quattro 3.0. I have a Vagcom USB cable and I am trying to diagnose the MAF sensor. I had a friend get some readings from an OBD2 scanner, which indicated that both precat O2 ...
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1989 Nissan pintara problem

I have a 1989 U12 2.4l Nissan Pintara. It started running really rough one day and when I got home the exhaust manifold was glowing red hot. I changed the catalytic converter and it still is running ...
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(Video) Very Loud Hissing/Spraying Noise, Transmission? [closed]

Ok, very weird situation: 2001 Mitsubishi Montero Loud hissing sound coming out of front passenger wheel well when accelerating. Here is a video: https://youtu.be/tiSFdoniRm0 I have put it in park ...
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Suggestions for replacing/upgrading exhaust/silencer for a 125cc Motorbike [closed]

I have a 125cc Yamaha Gladiator SS125, which is about 3 years old. I had my stock air filter (paper-based) removed and installed a K&N conical filter about a year ago. I wanted to know if anyone ...
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Rust underneath rear of car (Toyota Mk1 MR2)

I have recently acquired an old (1989) Mk1 Toyota MR2 and took a few photos of the underside rear of the vehicle. There seems to be a fair amount of rusting on the rear axle and gear box: gear box/...
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Damaged Muffler Degrades Performance

I purchased a replacement muffler from the internet for my 2004 Xterra. It arrived yesterday but had some noticeable dents in the resonator. My question is: will these dings degrade the sound ...
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Rusty exhaust manifolds

Most of the engine on my 2007 V6 Tacoma is in a really good shape but both exhaust manifolds coming out of the engine block are really rusty. Q1: Is that a reason to worry or replace them, provided ...
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2000 Toyota Celica GTS aftermarket exhaust system

I want to get a MagnaFlow Cat and Muffler. I need confirmation that the parts I've found online will indeed fit my Celica. I'm ignorant when it comes to cars (I filled the radiator coolant overflow ...
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Split flange for converter-resonator coupling?

'04 Cavalier. The converter outlet coupling failed - the bolts broke, and the bolt holes in both flanges are pretty much useless. Given the age of the car, and the cost of replacing all the ...
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Car feels like it's filling up with fumes

I bought a used 2000 volvo s80 with around 93k on the odometer. I was driving the other day and I felt sort of sick. At first I thought it was some dirt on the floor that got into the air. But upon ...
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What does it take for a modern muscle car to sound like a classic muscle car?

To preface, I would grade my exhaust knowledge with a "B-". I know what the major components are and what they do, but I don't know if and when certain exhaust parts became mandated or introduced ...
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Changing Exhaust on Royal Enfield [closed]

I want to change bend pipe and exhaust on my Royal Enfield Electra 5 speed 350 CC bike, it has old engine (NOT UCE). To my knowledge there are too many options like. Free flow mufflers, short bottle ...
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Mechanic Troubles And A Small Watery Oil Leak

My car is a 2005 BMW 525i E60 with about 180,000km on the clock. It has been well looked after and serviced. I don't get dealer services, but go to a mechanic who has always been good and uses the ...
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MINI Cooper Oil Leak

I bought a 2007 MINI Cooper 8/27/14. On 9/9, as I drove to work, I noticed smoke coming from the back & front of the car. When I drove home late that night, the car was not smoking. After that ...
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Emissions codes after oil through exhaust

I have a 2003 Subaru Legacy L with the EJ251. I rebuilt the engine because of a thrown rod. There was significant damage to the shortblock, which resulted in a significant amount of oil escaping the ...
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Is it normal to attach a catalytic converter with U-bolts?

I need to replace my catalytic converter. The current one is held in place by U-bolts. Two U-bolts between the cat and the manifold exhaust pipe (looks like a patch). One holding the exhaust pipe to ...
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Blue smoke upon acceleration and pinking

I have a Y12 Wingroad Nissan. While driving at 100km/hr and I stop, and begin driving again, I see a lot of blue smoke from exhaust for a little while. I also get a flat spot and pinking when ...
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Catalysator broken? Odd rope coming out of the exhaust pipe

[UPDATE] SOLVED! Hurray! The muffler had corroded inside and it blocked the exhaust system, making bad to motor. I got it fixed and the car energy efficiency improved from 12-15 liters/100km to ...
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Exhaust on a replaced motor

I recently had to change the motor in my 2004 Hyundai Sonata. I bought a used one from the junkyard, and it fired right up after I got it put in, and all the wires, hoses, etc. connected. The only ...
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Repairing a thin cut in exhaust pipe

I am looking for a way to repair a small hole I created in my exhaust. The hole is about 1 to 1.5 inches long and only about the width of a cutting wheel (you can guess how the hole got there). I ...
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Persisting 1998 Malibu Exhaust Problem

I am having a problem with a 1998 Malibu. I keep getting several codes but primarily P0420. I have replace the Catalytic Converter twice. Both oxygen sensors have been replaced. I have checked the ...