1997 Jeep Wrangler 2.5 liter 4 cyl. exhaust leak - JeepForum.com
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post #1 of 4 Old 08-27-2013, 08:01 AM Thread Starter
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1997 Jeep Wrangler 2.5 liter 4 cyl. exhaust leak

Hello all,

slightly new to the forum but i have a 97 wrangler with the 4 banger. i have what sounds like the timing chain slapping the cover. it has 146000 miles on it and i am going to replace the chain and everything this weekend. but i am also having what sounds like an exhaust leak. i cant find leaks anywhere in the line. Could it possibly be the donut gasket? Anyways i need some help identifying that problem. Could it possibly be linked to the timing chain? (the noise that is). Thanks in advance for the help!

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post #2 of 4 Old 08-27-2013, 02:59 PM
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When you eliminate the timing noise then you can find the exhaust leak

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post #3 of 4 Old 08-30-2013, 05:02 PM
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My 99 TJ 4 banger was leaking. I thought it was the donut gasket but it turned out to be a stripped out exhaust manifold bolt. I checked the bolts to see if they were tight and one of them was finger tight. then I noticed it wouldn't tighten. Installed a helicoil thread repair and fixed mine.
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post #4 of 4 Old 08-30-2013, 07:51 PM
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The exhaust studs are often broken off on these engines. Keep looking and you will find it.


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