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jnsmith08 12-14-2012 03:14 PM

Exhaust manifold bolts
I am so frustrated with Dodge right now. I noticed a ticking on the passenger side of the truck and did a little research. Figured it was a broken bolt so I took the truck to the dealership assuming it was covered under the powertrain warranty since the manifold is a major part of the engine. The nice man behind the desk informed me that the warranty only covers the "inside" of the engine and tranny. After a little laugh, I politely asked how the bolts could screw to any place other than the inside of the engine. According to these guys the bolts are not inside the engine. Anyways, he said he would have to keep the truck and order the parts. He could not give me a price because he said he had no idea how long it would take. I told him that I would take it and replace them myself. He then told me that I had to pay 100 bucks for the diagnostic. I laughed again and after a few minutes of arguing I was on my way. Dodge really needs to do something about this issue.

Has anyone replaced these bolts themselves? If so any tips/pointers would be appreciated.

GTyankee 12-14-2012 04:02 PM

is it a intake or exhaust manifold bolt(s)

I would be calling or driving to a different dealership & explain exactly what your experience was or is, including what you were told

are you under 36,000 miles ?? if you are, your warranty should cover it
also consider an Factory Extended Warranty if you are under 36,000 miles

i bought the Maximum Care Lifetime Warranty, just before i reached 36,000 miles
$100 deductible

Rocky Harbour 12-20-2012 11:07 AM

This was posted in the 2009 thread. I don't know if this is any help regarding your issue as well. Sounds similar.

Maddevill 12-20-2012 01:23 PM

My 2003 broke bolts on both exhaust manifolds. I had the passenger side fixed last year and , of course, now the driver side broke a couple....

Stanza 01-11-2013 12:07 AM

My 2010 exhaust man was leaking too. Dealer repaired under power train warranty. Snapped bolt and replaced head. Job security I guess

Bruce E 01-11-2013 09:09 AM

My bolts broke and the dealer replaced them under warranty.

mastertech10 01-15-2013 11:09 PM

yeah go to another dealer. We deal with this at least twice a week. It is covered under your powertrain warrenty. Bolts are prone to break, ford has the same problem. Its all down to heat expansion and contraction.
The ones that break flush in the head are 9/10 odds to drill out ok. but you get the odd one that becomes a pita, and sometimes the removal tool breaks in the head. So instead of spending 2 hours or more trying to drill it out, replace the head. It is not about job security for the tech to call the head, because a lot of the time when you do that, they dont pay us to do the manifold, so we lose out.

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