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Well the day got even worse...

I had booked my car in for a new exhaust this afternoon and when i got back to pick it up, he said he didn't even start the job as my manifold is blowing (which is creating most of the noise) and he also mentioned the gasket (head??) and possibly a new cat (maybe this would helo with my mouse problem :rolleyes: )

I have noticed the lack of power assumingly because of the loss of compression but i thought it was down to the exhaust stupidly.

Its going into an independent renault specialist tomorrow to get the full verdict - but any advice in advance would be gratefully received. I'm expecting a large bill for this one (thankfully i have understanding parents - god bless them!)

TIA a very upset and stressed SB :(
 

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Hi SB

Exhaust manifold gasket can be replaced if that is blowing,it is not the same as the head gasket and should not be as expensive.

(Hope you get rid of the mice soon).

:) :)
 

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He probably meant the gasket between the downpipe and the manifold? Can't see why he didn't do the rest of the job though if it needed doing?
 

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ok, so it might not be that bad?

Glad the gasket mentioned is not the biggie, does anyone know why he mentioned the cat? Will this need replacing?
 

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He may have detected a rattle from the catalyst, or it may be showing signs of having started to clog up (they can do this with age).

I've had to replace the cats on my scorpio (three of them at £400 a pop), but that was from main dealer - so they will be cheaper if you (or the independent) shops around - just make sure you quote the part number to ensure you get the correct part.

Hope its not too painful.

Paul:)
 

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I´m guessing this is a 1.6 16v?

If that is the case then the manifold cracking is a commonish problem.. However it can be a ***** of a job to get the old one off..
Generally the lambda sensor seizes in the manifold and cannot be removed, this stops the heat shields being removed to gain access to the manifold bolts, and so on.. in which case a certain amount or creative butchery has to take place!

I would budget for a manifold, manifold gasket, Lambda sensor and the top heat shield.. Oh and about 4 hours labour..
 

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Well just had the call from the garage...

He reckons just the manifold gasket is affected as thats where all the noise seems to be. The part itself if only £27, but labour to replace it is approx 3 hours as he said its awkward to get to (would you believe that of a renault?? :rolleyes: )

He's also replacing the exhaust and trying to get away without replacing the middle section. He seems like a genuine fella and if things stay as he's predicted - i'll post his info on the site.

He did say mt cat looks fine - which is a big relief! :)
 

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I´m guessing this is a 1.6 16v?

If that is the case then the manifold cracking is a commonish problem.. However it can be a ***** of a job to get the old one off..
Generally the lambda sensor seizes in the manifold and cannot be removed, this stops the heat shields being removed to gain access to the manifold bolts, and so on.. in which case a certain amount or creative butchery has to take place!

I would budget for a manifold, manifold gasket, Lambda sensor and the top heat shield.. Oh and about 4 hours labour..
Thanks for that Webcode, just posted the latest info i have from the guy.
 

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The manifold is fractured in two places. He says i have three options:

1. new one (£405)
2. secondhand one
3. welding the old one (he thinks this is a possibility)

Boohooo :(
 

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Used would be the best option, but unfortunately they are in very high demand and i can't get hold of one :(
 

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I still have no car, my manifold is currently with the welder (had to go with the cheaper option) but hopefully get her back tomorrow. Its been almost a week without her and i feel totally lost :crazy:
 

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Well my manifold was welded where it was fractured in two places, apparently not badly which is why he recommended getting it welded. I'm under no illusion that it won't happen again, but i'm wondering what best i can do to minimise the risks? Any advice appreciated :)

Btw, my car is running like a dream now, makes me think its been bad for a while :crazy:
 

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I'm under no illusion that it won't happen again, but i'm wondering what best i can do to minimise the risks? Any advice appreciated

Best start saving for a new one now! Few quid here and there won't go a miss, and if it last another couple of years before going again, you might have enough to pay for a new one ;)
 

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Best start saving for a new one now! Few quid here and there won't go a miss, and if it last another couple of years before going again, you might have enough to pay for a new one ;)
Thanks Matt, i'm looking online for a spare just in case but i'm hoping to only have the car for another 12 months.
 
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