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just bought a 2001 4wd quad cab 3500. The 5.9 v8 has 119k miles. I have noticed a tick, that sounds like an exhaust leak, coming from the pass side front of the motor. This noise seem to be emitting from, or around a smog pump. The neighboring idler pully also seems to jump a bit. Is this a common problem, with an easy fix? Pump,hoses, manifold,or do I need to look a little deeper?
Thanks, newby Duane
 

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I would start with replacing the exhaust manifold gasket on that side. It's an inexpensive and relatively easy thing to do, and would rule out whether or not that was the issue. If the sound is there all the time, not just when cold, it could mean a hole in the gasket which will be noticeable when you remove it. :)
 
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