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Unread 06-08-2016, 04:29 PM   #1
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I am replacing my manifold cat. I need to remove the power steering bracket to get to the final bolt on the cat. On the video I watched the mechanic raised the car in the center of the car near the front I believe to support the engine.

Is this necessary to remove the power steering Bracket? When first watched the video I thought he did that so he can reach a certain bolt. I have 2 and a half hours of daylight to get this done please let me know I don't want to remove the wrong bolt and everything falls to the ground leaving me stranded.

Here is a link to it here so you can get a better understanding. https://youtu.be/yQVOjUKa6yY

Fast forward to 4:32 to see what bolts ill be removing

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Also he suggested replacing the bolts but my cat with just the gaskets. If I reuse the old bolts, I'm worried that I can't start the car with the old bolts because I used wd40 and it's flammable and cats get extremely hot

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Did you post the correct video? He is grinding off the bolt heads on a cat midway back on the car, not anywhere near the manifold or power steering.

Seeing as you don't give any details about what you are working on, I'm assuming it is a VW Beetle as that is the car that the video guy is working on.

Using any lubricate on the bolt threads is no concern. It evaporates very quickly and is not a fire hazard. It will smoke a bit when it gets hot but that will go away shortly after.
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I posted the wrong video. https://youtu.be/WQbCr49Ymvc is the right one. I don't know how that other one got posted.

Here is an update, I finished with job. The cat I bought didn't fit, so I had to put back on the old cat. I didn't torque everything to spec because my torque wrench was too long. And the sockets I used for it didn't quite fit the bolts they were kind of stripping. Tomorrow morning I'm gonna to try anyway because the thing is smoking rashly badly Íspecially when I stop. Not so much smoke that I can't see when I drive but enough that I can see it even though it's not that thick and white or black. Not much color to the smoke.

I'm thinking the old gasket was too bad to be reused and I should have used the new one even though that would have hurt my refund. I'm really worried. Is it the bolts being reused, the gasket or it not being torqued to spec? I don't know

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The smoke is light gray or whitish. It's ching from the front and when I drive forward after being stopped I smell heavy exhaust. Idon't think the exhaust is entering into the cabin from the inside though, is coming from under the hood. MY car is an 03 mitsubishi lancer.

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White smoke is moisture. If it only has white smoke while warming up, and it goes away once it's up to operating temp, it's just condensation in the exhaust. If the smoke lingers in the air a long time and it smokes after it's warm, you likely have coolant in the exhaust. If the exhaust smells sweet, and the smoke coming out the tail pipe feels real oily, it's coolant. This would mean the head gasket is gone, big job!

I often reuse the old exhaust gaskets. I coat them with muffler cement and never had one leak. They of course can't be broken or falling a apart.

I never torque those bolts. Way to difficult to get a torque wrench in there. Just make them tight.
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My head gasket is already leaking, I hope I didn't blow it just like that.

I didn't use anything on the exhausy gasket like cement or adhesive I just head the bolts.

The smoke was there long after our wad warm, was still smoking after I parked it after a 15-20 minute drive.

The smoke didn't smell sweet at all, just smelt burnt,like something was being burned but mostly like exhaust.

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Come to think if it, I had to remove and retighten the power steering bracket. When I turned it on, it caused the power steering to speed up faster than ever. That could have blown the already leaky head gasket. I think I'm going to try to fix this with a chemical adhesive spray. I don't have the money to just fix everything right now

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Head gasket leaks can not be put off with an additive, you will ruin something. If you're confident enough a head gasket job just takes time, the gaskets are cheap. Fix it right, or you can easily grenade the whole engine.
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