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Old 05-02-2014, 02:26 AM   #1
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Hey guys first off I'd like to say that this is my first F150 ever and so far i'm loving it. Here are some info you may need

1999 Supercab
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I bought this with already 286,000 miles on it for really cheap and it still runs strong. Just a few things I need to fix to make it even better. But like I said in the title the exhaust is loud and it has a ticking sound to it. This only happens when i'm accelerating. If i'm idle or at a constant speed the exhaust is not near as loud and there is no ticking sound.

I was told it could be the donut gasket but come to find out that there is not one on my truck. The only thing I can think of now is it could be the Exhaust Manifold Gasket or it could be cracked. Is there anything else it could be?
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There's alway the possibility you have a spark plug that has popped loose but you're pretty safe to assume there is an exhaust leak. At 286K miles a cracked manifold would certainly be possible but it's usually associated with broken manifold bolts that hold it on. The only way to know for sure is a smoke test to pinpoint the leak.
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There's alway the possibility you have a spark plug that has popped loose but you're pretty safe to assume there is an exhaust leak. At 286K miles a cracked manifold would certainly be possible but it's usually associated with broken manifold bolts that hold it on. The only way to know for sure is a smoke test to pinpoint the leak.
How would I go about doing a smoke test? I've seen Youtube videos on using Sea Foam but I've never done this and don't want to blow my engine up.
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Spraying a light oil into the intake (like WD40) will burn and create smoke in the exhaust. Its best to do it past the MAF sensor. If you have a leak or a crack in the manifold, it will show up easily. After you do the test you'll want to run the motor for a few minutes to finish burning off any excess oil so the plugs don't foul.
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