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Unread 04-09-2013, 12:52 PM   #1
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Exhaust Smell When Driving HARD

This is my 1st post here and will be one of many!

Anyways I have a '96 ZJ with the AMC 242 and whenever I seem to drive it hard like flooring it to get on the freeway or just having some fun I smell a faint exhaust smell in the cabin. Is this a common thing or could it have potential to turn into a huge PITA down the road?

My initial thought was a blown gasket or something that is causing loss of compression..but my baby does feel sluggish or is showing any signs of a blown gasket at all.

Your thoughts?

Thank you in advance!

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Unread 04-09-2013, 12:59 PM   #2
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How loud does it sound? My first thought is a cracked manifold, which is very common on the I6. You can often see the crack in the 2-1 merge. Otherwise, check the exhaust for leaks. Not sure how much power you are expecting, but these things are certainly not considered quick really...especially with the miles yours has.
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Unread 04-09-2013, 01:15 PM   #3
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The only peculiar noise I hear when driving is a faint clicking that only happens when I give it gas. I looked into this and someone else said cracked manifold as well.

Is it common for the intake or exhaust manifold to crack? Or both?
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Unread 04-09-2013, 02:05 PM   #4
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exhaust manifolds always crack on these from heat cycles. get a bellowed manifold or header.
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Unread 04-09-2013, 03:13 PM   #5
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this happens to me when I'm leadfoot or long time sitting at idle. Check both. I have a small leak in mine which will get the smell to me. I found my exhaust leak after dipping her in water during some OR and happened to hop out to check something else.
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