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Old 07-04-2012, 08:01 AM
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My truck is my only mode of transportation right now being as my jeep is having the front end rebuilt right now. I have a noticeable leak coming from the drivers side up pipe expansion joint. Its audible in the cab of the truck and there is black soot around the firewall where its cracked. My question is it safe to drive if I take it easy on the truck? I'm just worried about turbo damage or fire. I'm trying to run down a new pipe or I was thinking about ordering a new joint and welding it in. Anyone whos had this problem let me know what you did. I really need to be mobile and am suppose to be 100 miles way by tomorrow at 7

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You could smell crap. Assume it is worse when its cold.

You could have low boost too. And it could get worse if you leave it. How horrible? We had work trucks with y pipes cracked causing the same issue for 100k. lol
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Old 07-04-2012, 08:22 AM
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Thanks for the response I haven't had the truck fully hot since it cracked. It cracked when I did the egr delete I'm assuming, but the previous 2000 miles it has smelled fumey in the cab upon start up in the morning but goes away. For a temporary substitute would it be ok to get some exhaust wrap that they use on the headers and wrap that joint to keep it to a minimum. Hopefully I can get a pipe tomorrow or Friday.

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Old 07-04-2012, 08:27 AM
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ive seen trucks run for thousands of miles with cracked/leaking up pipes. they smell, don't run very well, but I don't remember any permanent damage being done. I suppose you could cause complete failure at the crack with repeated heat/cool cycles, but if ir's your only transpo, you gotta do what you gotta do.
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Old 07-04-2012, 08:41 AM
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Yeah I guess so. I just called advanced auto and they have exhaust wrap in stock that is rated for 1800 f direct heat and 2500 ambient. I think I'm going to try and wiggle my hands up in there and wrap that joint and secure it with stainless ties. Maybe the extra material will cut down on the fumes and help keep the pipe pressure up....just a 20$ idea haha

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Old 07-04-2012, 08:59 AM
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remove the up pipe, tack weld the complete pipe in a fixture to hold the pipes in there correct position, cut out the bad flex coupler. you can buy a new stainless steel braided flex coupler from : Treadstoneperformance.com
there was a recent thread of a member doing this exact same thing.
If you want, buy the couplers, remove the complete Y pipe assemply, ship it to me with new flex couplers, and i will cut out the old flex joint and Tig Weld the new couplers in for FREE !

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My truck is my only mode of transportation right now being as my jeep is having the front end rebuilt right now. I have a noticeable leak coming from the drivers side up pipe expansion joint. Its audible in the cab of the truck and there is black soot around the firewall where its cracked. My question is it safe to drive if I take it easy on the truck? I'm just worried about turbo damage or fire. I'm trying to run down a new pipe or I was thinking about ordering a new joint and welding it in. Anyone whos had this problem let me know what you did. I really need to be mobile and am suppose to be 100 miles way by tomorrow at 7

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No kidding! That sounds great! I just don't know if I can handle the down time. Can you get the couplers from anywhere else local?

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dont know about local coupler source. I have wanted to do this to my truck, if i could find a "used complete y pipe" i would but it, replace the couplers, then swap them out, then replace couplers in my original y pipe and sell the spare.

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No kidding! That sounds great! I just don't know if I can handle the down time. Can you get the couplers from anywhere else local?

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Old 07-04-2012, 01:26 PM
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Well when I get a new pipe ill send you mine and then just send me your old one when you get done!

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that might work, although i have the BPD egr cooler, and you have a sinister egr delete, i am not sure of the difference.

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Well when I get a new pipe ill send you mine and then just send me your old one when you get done!

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