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Old 03-03-2002, 09:52 PM
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The answer is yes, well more specifically they can be installed upside down. And I guess they do seal for a while, but let loose earlier than they should.

I pulled the driver's side manifold today. Found that the gasket for #5 was in upside down, which allowed the metal ring of the gasket to burn through. It sat right at the very edge of the manifold. #'s 6,7, and 8 all looked ok.

While I had the manifold in my lap I played with positioning of the gaskets and found that the first went one direction and the others went 180* opposite. Just had to keep things in order as the gaskets and manifold went back in.

All better now, no ticking, no exhaust leak and no CO in the cabin.
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