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Old 04-19-2007, 10:37 PM
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617 exhaust manifold studs

I have a leak at the manifold gasket, and was wondering if the studs were as prone to siezing and breaking off as on the 602/603 aluminum block engines. I was planning on using a fair amount of PB and heat as a precaution. Any advice on proceeding with this would be greatly appreciated as I'm pretty nervous about it.

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Old 04-19-2007, 11:05 PM
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Any 22 year old exhaust nut has a good chance of breaking off from thermal cycling stress and rust.

Soak it with PB a few times and let it soak overnight if possible. You might even get a handheld propane torch and heat up the nuts really well if they resist coming loose.

Once you are ready to put it together, use lots of high-temperature anti-seize on the studs and new nuts.
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Old 04-20-2007, 05:40 AM
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otoh the benz fasteners are the least likely to break of anything i have ever worked on.

just be careful and use the pb and heat if necessary. make sure you have your wrench or socket fully seated. if it is a tough nut get a high quality six point socket on it too.

good luck

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the best penetrating oil I have found is Free All its not cheap but it will break anything loose if you let it soak long enough and the good old gas wrench doesnt hurt I think free all is around 8 bucks a can but its a good investment
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Most likely(or hopefully) you'll unscrew the stud from the block if the nut is stuck.
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Old 04-21-2007, 12:52 PM
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The best is KROIL used overnight- and several times overnight if you have the luxury. Then you have the old stand by of melting candle wax on the threads- it seeps into and frees the frozen hardware. Old "blue lips" is also the ticket.

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