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Re: Exhaust Gaskets 2.8L V6
I have an 86 Jeep Cherokee with the Chevy 2.8L engine. About 8 years ago, I took it to a shop to have the muffler replaced and the "donut" gaskets replaced as one was leaking. Well, they replaced the muffler ok but they only replaced the driver side donut gasket. About a year later, both of the gaskets started to leak. This time, the weather was much nicer so I did the change myself and found that the gasket they replaced was contorted out of shape (then is when I realized that they did only one!). I figure that they were cutting corners and only loosened one side of the Y pipe and squeezed it in there.
I don't know about the S-10 specifically, but on the Cherokee, you have to loosen both sides stud nuts and drop the pipe down a good ways in order to get the gaskets in the proper seat. To get the Y pipe loose enough, you have to loosen about every downstream hanger on the exhaust system. Since then, I have had no troubles with those donut gaskets. Good Luck [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
PS I bought the gaskets at the local Pep Boys.