The best way to do this if you want to do it on your own is to buy a repair manual for your vehicle. They are not very expensive and you will still save hundreds of dollars in labor costs. However, here are the basic steps of removal. Please note that all makes/models are different so as I said before, there are other components that may need removed in order to gain access for the removal and installation process.
Anytime you work on a vehicle it is a good idea to disconnect the battery and make sure you have the vehicle lifted properly. This job is easier on roll-on ramps but you can also use jack stands.
After gaining access to the manfiold, remove the manifold heat shields and the exhaust Y-pipe or support the Y-pipe with a stand. Treat the exhaust manifolds fasteners with penetrating oil and let it sit for several minutes. Loosen the bolts to the exhaust manifold and remove them. Lift out the exhaust manifolds.
Remove the gasket and discard it. Clean the mating surfaces to remove any gasket material, dirt and carbon deposits. Wipe the surfaces with solvent. Examine the surfaces for damage.
Position the new gaskets over the cylinder head and then place the exhaust manifolds on them. Start at the center and work out to the ends to tighten the bolts. Torque them to 18 foot pounds.
Replace the exhaust Y-pipe (if removed) and the exhaust manifolds heat shields along with any other components you removed.
Reconnect the battery cable.
Start the engine and allow it to run for several minutes. Check for exhaust leaks.
Monday, November 3rd, 2008 AT 1:22 AM