2010 Dodge Ram 1500 Exhaust Manifold Repair in Tualatin, Oregon
I’ve heard of people fixing this thing by themselves which means that I can do it, right?
It is possible, however, you have to be absolutely certain that this is the problem with your vehicle. You also have to catch the leak very early. If the leak is caught much later and has been going for awhile then you will have problems. You should move the repair to someone who is experienced if you have not caught the leak early enough.
What else should I know?
The exhaust manifold is subjected to a lot of extreme temperatures which means that it could be brittle. You or your technician or mechanic will likely have to use fasteners because the metal may have become brittle over time and from the exposure to the heat.
I thought these manifold things are supposed to last a very long time. I mean, I own a Dodge Ram, it is supposed to be rugged. I guess I learned my lesson. How often should I be looking at my manifold?
A lot of these parts do last the service life of a vehicle. However, they do tend to downgrade over time. You have to remember that they get subjected to heat often and for long periods of time. If you have problems with your fuel to air ratios then that can also wear down the exhaust manifold much faster as well.
Well, if I have this problem then I need to take it somewhere where it can get fixed. I intend to drive it where I need to go. Is that a bad idea?
If you have an exhaust manifold problem then you should not drive your vehicle. A vehicle that has a bad exhaust manifold will fail a smog inspection. It can also do a lot of damage to your catalytic converter and your exhaust valves. Your miles per gallon will also suffer.
I know that I should know this but I really don’t. What is an exhaust manifold, exactly?
The exhaust manifold collects any exhaust gas when it escapes from the cylinder head. It also keeps the heat from those exhaust gases which, in turn, helps any excess fuel get burned before it gets to the catalytic converter.
Where is it located in the vehicle?
It is found between your catalytic converter and the engine cylinder head.
If my exhaust manifold is going to die on me then what kinds of things will happen to my vehicle?
If you have a crack in your exhaust manifold then you will likely begin to hear a tapping sound from your vehicle. You may also notice that you have a black smoke that rises from your exhaust when you try to speed up. You will have a check engine light that will be illuminated in most cases. If your muffler and exhaust pipe are protruding then that can cause your exhaust manifold to be overtaxed. If that is the case then your gasket will likely leak.
The exhaust repair sounds like a good thing to do but I don’t think I have the money to get it done. Is there a program you have that can help me or something?
We do have a program that approves 95% of the people who walk through the front door. All you need is $25 and a checking account. Visit us and find out if we can help you.
How do I see you? I’d like to get my Dodge Ram looked at, maybe I should just call. Do you have a phone number?
If you want to call us then you can call 503-692-0846 during business hours and we will speak to you over the phone. You can also visit us in the shop if you go to 19460 SW 89th Ave. Tualatin, OR 97062, during business hours of course.