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post #1 of 9 Old 07-05-2013, 01:30 PM Thread Starter
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I'm still stub-Bourne-ly chewing on the noisy compression or exhaust leak on my '11 and it's bugging h*ll out of me. I've never heard a healthy engine that sounds like mine - that chk chk chk sound that gets louder as I twist the go grip.

I did put in a new copper ring at the exhaust pipe/head connection several months ago and was very careful in torquing it down evenly, a bit on each side at a time. No change. Recently I asked about disabling the auto compression release to get accurate compression readings and got good answers that I'll try soon. The problem could well be a bad head gasket.

Meantime, I was trolling on eBay and found some exhaust manifold gaskets that claim to be superior to the copper ones due to their steel mesh/something design. I ordered 2, one for spare and when they came in the other day I was shocked. They're only about 1/16" thick.

Does that sound right and/or adequate to you guys ?? Anyone with experience with them ??

Thanks.................Lar.
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Have u checked the doo?

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Looks like you get to be the guinea pig Lar! Put one in and see if it works. What do you have to loose? You already paid for them!
Look for damage to the sealing surface in the head. Maybe there is a leak path there, the metal may have eroded from the previous leakage and no amount of new gaskets will cure that.
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Looks like you get to be the guinea pig Lar! Put one in and see if it works. What do you have to loose? You already paid for them!
Look for damage to the sealing surface in the head. Maybe there is a leak path there, the metal may have eroded from the previous leakage and no amount of new gaskets will cure that.
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Yup, good ol' Lar in action. Next time I pull all that stuff off'n there, there will be a lot of things done - paint, valve adj. etc. etc.

Not sure how the 'doo would cause that sound..........??
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Oh sorry master, a bad doo sound like clik, bang, clicky, tap. I got confused my chk, chk, chk.

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OH........... lar

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Oh sorry master, a bad doo sound like clik, bang, clicky, tap. I got confused my chk, chk, chk.
I dunno. Tried to learn to play the didgery-doo one time and sure got some strange noises out of that 'Doo.
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I dunno. Tried to learn to play the didgery-doo one time and sure got some strange noises out of that 'Doo.
Hard to play one when you're laughing!! Just the name gives me the giggles!!
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Could you post a short video of the noise it's making? I'm curious to hear it.
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