fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
72,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. never buy after market headers! (1 reports)
1997 Jeep Wrangler exhaust system problems

exhaust system problem

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1997 Jeep Wrangler Owner Comments

problem #1

Aug 082004

Wrangler SE 2.5L 4 cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 72,000 miles


I wanted to get a little extra HP out of my little 4 banger so I added a K&N air filter(highly recommended) and I took off the stock exhaust manifold in favor of an after market header. Well, after taking apart the top half of the engine in order to do what should be a relatively easy project, I did notice a little extra pep. The problem is that unless you are going to buy the super high-end porcelain lined headers ($300 and up and still no real guarantee), these things give out in 2 years or less. Either from rust, cracking, heat, cold, someone called it a dirty name, etc.. Your exhaust will then be loud as hell and you will be faced with a choice- do I want to buy another cheap header, or spend more money on a new stock manifold. If you're smart stay with the stock manifold in the first place!!! See, while the header will give you a tiny bit of pep, it overheats the rest of your exhaust system and can pop all of the weld spots. I didn't think it was possible for exhaust to break welds but apparently it can! To my shame, I've been through 2 headers in 3 years(and at least as many weld jobs), and I bought a stock manifold recently, but now it will cost extra to have it put on because now you also have to replace a piece of pipe that was cut out in order for the header to be installed. In short, NEVER MESS WITH THE EXHAUST SYSTEM UNLESS YOU ABSOLUTELY HAVE TO!!!

- , Eastpointe, MI, USA

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