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2.7 LCE header...hissing noise.

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by TacoMX, Aug 29, 2011.

  1. Aug 29, 2011 at 7:26 PM
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    Whats up fellas?

    I recently installed an LCE header on my truck and since finishing it I have noticed a subtle hissing noise coming from the header location while driving.

    It happens under load only, like under acceleration or revving it in neutral. No hissing at idle. Its a lot easier to hear when the door and windows are closed. When your outside the truck its nearly impossible to pinpoint. I tried having a buddy plug the exhaust with a rag to make the possible leak louder to pinpoint it but that doesn't work.

    I replaced the EGR gasket b/c the one that LCE provided seemed a bit cheezy so I replaced it with a felpro gasket. It didn't help....

    Any ideas? Is the hissing normal with an LCE header? I had a cracked manifold before installing the LCE header so I know that a usual exhaust leak the far upstream in the exhaust is more like a tick not a hiss....so I am stumped....

    ideas?
     
  2. Aug 31, 2011 at 7:47 AM
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    bump...anyone?
     
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    Try torquing your header bolts down in the right pattern.


    then check the flange connection at end to your O2 sensor/cat...tighten it up.


    Might came loose if you didn't torque to proper specs.
     
  4. Aug 31, 2011 at 11:41 AM
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    hmmm...i re-torqued everything already, but didn't know there was a specific pattern to tighten the header nuts. I tightened the down by alternating to the right and left side and alternating top and bottom. Whats the specific pattern?
     
  5. Sep 7, 2011 at 8:29 PM
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    bump....anyone else?

    I think I am going to order a gasket set from LCE just in case I pinched the header gasket...idk where else the leak/noise could be coming from...
     
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    I would think that if it was an exhaust leak you would hear it at idle too...

    You descibe the noise as a hiss, can you be more specific or maybe make a recording and post it?

    I am wondering if is simply the normal sound of headers. The sound coming through the header tubing is a lot different that what you hear from a regular, cast iron manifold.
     
  7. Sep 8, 2011 at 6:56 AM
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    I will try to get a sound clip/video of the outside/inside. I just noticed yesterday that at idle there is a slight tick coming from the header side....but I never got to hear the motor w/o a cracked manifold so I dont know if its just the valve train or what....I might also get another can of seafoam and run it through the truck to pinpoint the leak too...
     
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