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Old 01-16-2011, 05:36 AM   #1
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Default Need Aluminum welder or Advice!!

Tonight, I was getting on the free way, when all of the sudden I heard a HUGE exhaust leak, so I pulled over right away, next thing I know, I noticed one of the pipes from the headers that is attached to the mount that than mounts to the block had a huge hole. Like the welding just broke...I need someone to temporarily weld it back so I can at least use it until I get a new one, or advice on how to fix it!
This is my only car!

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Old 01-16-2011, 06:28 AM   #2
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not sure what aluminum has to do with it. But your gonna need to take the headers off the car and have someone bolt the headers to a mock-up block or a jig to bolt them flanges down. Then just clean the material and weld it up.
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Old 01-16-2011, 12:13 PM   #3
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An exhaust shop would be able to help you out. If not a permanent/elegant solution, it should be ok for a temporary stop-gap.
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Old 01-19-2011, 11:13 PM   #4
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JB weld might be a temporary solution. I once fixed an oil pan that had a 1/2 inch hole in it with that stuff and it held.
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Old 01-22-2011, 05:57 PM   #5
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JB weld will not hold up. The exhaust gas temperatures are around 650 C right at that weld. Get an exhaust shop to weld it up and you will be fine.

BTW- your headers are steel, if they were aluminum they would have melted already.
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