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Factory Spec: 5.7-liter HEMI® V8 engine - 390 horsepower, 407 lb-ft of torque.


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Old 08-23-2012, 10:03 PM
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It is a job you can do yourself if you have the time. As others have said, make sure you soak them in proper penetrating oil like PB Blaster or AeroKroil before working on them. A big tip is to put the front end on jack stands, remove the wheels and inner fender liner, allowing you unimpeded access to the side of the block. I never use an impact when removing manifold bolts, so a good 1/2" breaker bar with a snipe (if req'd) does the job.

The benefit of the stage 8 locking set is that it guarantees they can't back out or loosen over time, even from heat cycling. They are also made from a stronger alloy.
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PB Blaster for the win! People on submarines for the military use this stuff for launching secret missiles to secret places that make secret parking lots from secret bad people. In the end though it works. If you use a torch you can use some water too which will break the rust off too. I always loosen and tighten again before going more that a quarter turn with head bolts. They just are picky, like little dogs almost. They really aren't worth the amount to make them but they have the biggest attitudes. There are drill bits too that will help you pull out any snapped ones too.

Lastly I hope they are replacing the bolt they snapped to begin with~ I don't use an impact on headers or exhaust systems but I swear some people don't learn.
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I have had this issue over many years. With any bolt touching exhaust components you are liable to have a break. I have used PB Blaster for many many years and I gotta say it rocks. I also have always used the same technique that Hemibigblack uses, loosen, tighten, loosen always seems to work better for me. Also, who in their right mind uses an air wrench when working on any bolt on a vehicle that is rusted or more than a few years old without using a breaker bar first if it is in a critical location? Umm, lemme guess, some knucklehead that hurries and does not take care because it is not his he's working on, and knows if it breaks he can charge you more because he screwed up as long as he tells you first "hey man I am a screw up and am gonna break your bolts off so it is probably gonna cost you more." In most cases a little caution and prevention can avoid these issues. PB Blaster over a few days first then off to the shop.
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Thanks guys...lots of great info. Looks like I'll be doing the PB Blaster soak and removing the wheels/ fender walls to get to them easier. Looks like it is going to have to wait a few weeks, but nevertheless, I will conquer this beast. Thanks again for all the support
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