Advice on Buying headers on Ebay

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Old 12-05-09, 09:38 AM
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Advice on Buying headers on Ebay

Son wants to replace the exhaust manifold on his 98 Talon with a header he found on Ebay. The exhaust manifold is cracked or has a hole, and the check engine light is on. Diagnostics read 'General Emission'.

Was told that some headers you can buy will not pass state inspections. (We are North Carolina)

How can we tell what not to buy?

He also thinks he can clean the O2 sensor (s) while he is there, but my understanding is they are cheap and cannot be cleaned, but are only replaced?

This is the sam Talon I asked about recently that had a 96 engine put in. Running good, if we ever get it legal.

Thanks in advance guys!
 
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Old 12-05-09, 09:58 AM
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Honestly, if you are struggling with getting the emissions right I wouldn't go anywhere near headers.
Get a manifold for the '96 engine and a new sensor and go from there.

Headers were at one time a sought after accessory but computer controlled engines don't really need them unless you are going all out with engine mods.
 
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Son thinks he is getting fumes inside because of the crack or hole and that the headers will solve that... and the check engine light.

Couldn't the hole/crack in the exhaust manifold be the cause of the 'general emission' code?
 
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I agree with GregH,get a manifold and sensor,put them on and see what happens versus putting on headers which are not what this engine is originally designed to use.You could probably find the manifold used which would tell you what you need to know without big money being used.

Unanswered question:would putting on headers actually satisfy the engine sensor versus putting on same as it always had?Maybe not.
 
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Old 12-05-09, 12:26 PM
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Do you know for sure you have a "crack or hole" in the manifold or just assuming so because of the fumes in the vehicle.
Unless you see where it is leaking you might be barking up the wrong tree.

Another consideration is that there is something different on the older engine that is giving the code.
Try a new sensor and see if you can clear the code first.
 
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Originally Posted by GregH View Post
Do you know for sure you have a "crack or hole" in the manifold or just assuming so because of the fumes in the vehicle.
Unless you see where it is leaking you might be barking up the wrong tree.
Yes, we do know for sure. Thanks for this info...
 
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