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Cracked manifold

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by endlessroad, Sep 4, 2019.

  1. Sep 4, 2019 at 8:37 AM
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    endlessroad

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    I just had the manifold replaced last year and somehow it's already cracked. Engine seems to get incredibly hot, even though temperature register remains in the normal range. Could the heat have caused the crack? And if so what might be going on in the engine to cause the excess heat? Seems to be part of a set of cascading problems related to the heat, including an electrical one that makes the ignition fail to work intermittently (bypassing the neutral safety switch seems to have *mostly* fixed this problem).

    Thanks!
     
  2. Sep 4, 2019 at 8:58 AM
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    DrZ

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    Did you torque the nuts/bolts to the proper spec? I've heard you don't want to overtighten them. You want the head and manifold to be able to expand at different rates and allow a little wiggle room along the gasket.

    I guess excess heat could contribute, but I don't know why you'd have so much heat unless you are burning more fuel than usual or the thermostat and cooling system aren't working. You could monitor the actual coolant temperature by the OBD live data.
     
  3. Sep 4, 2019 at 12:08 PM
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    v5ensx

    v5ensx CARB legal is not CALI legal

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    Quality might be your first issue if you're replacing it with lesser quality and cheaper product. Second, I would make sure the entire exhaust system hangers are in use and not just hanging on to dear life under there.
     
  4. Sep 4, 2019 at 12:16 PM
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    I would check the engine mounts for excessive play.
     
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  6. Sep 5, 2019 at 12:10 AM
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    Wyoming09

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    Comes down to quality!!

    #2 is the exhaust system supported as it should be??

    Heat how hot is it glowing Red??

    If it is thermal cycling normally it should not be a problem .

    If it is hot and you hit cold water puddles on a constant basis that could cause problems.

    Pictures of the crack would help.
     
  7. Sep 5, 2019 at 4:01 AM
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    Russianman92

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    What tends to cause it is the engine torquing (twisting when you press the throttle) and not having the exhaust bracket on your down pipe to hold it to the transmission. If it is not there, the exhaust pipe doesn't move with the engine when it twists but tries to stay stationary so it tends to crack the exhaust manifold due to it getting weaker from the HOT/COLD cycle and added pressure

    Exhaust Pipe 1.jpg
     

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