Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Do I need donut gaskets for the exhaust manifold?

asked by on

I bought a 1990 Dodge W150 and it didn't have donut gaskets in the exhaust manifold where the pipe connects to it. Do I need those gaskets or will it be fine with out them?
My car has a manual transmission.

If the exhaust does not have a leak as a result of the missing gaskets, I would not recommend going through the trouble of having them installed. However, the moment that the exhaust starts to leak out of the manifold where the rest of the exhaust system connects to it, I would recommend having the gaskets installed. If you are in doubt about the condition of your exhaust system, consider YourMechanic, as a certified professional can come to your home or office to inspect your exhaust system for you.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: My car hates me.

It sounds like you may have a couple of different issues. The problem with the shaking in the steering may be related to the steering system. What you are describing sounds like a problem with the rack and pinion gears....

Q: doesn't move when i put it in reverse but then i put it in 4 low then reverse and it slips but it moves.

You have the Chrysler 46RE transmission. Among the possible causes of what you describe is a rear servo piston that is sticking or broken, pin bore wear and/or the reverse band is slipping. The servo piston on the 46RE has...

Q: Car stays cool while idling but once you start driving it it starts to overheat.

If the cooling fan is too small for the engine, then it may be enough to cool it at idle but not at higher engine speeds. Make sure you are not running under drive pulleys. You can check the coolant...

Related articles

P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.