An exhaust manifold carries out a single but vital function on your vehicle and takes gases from the engine through to the exhaust. Since these gases are poisonous, this is highly vital. However, from time to time, the gasket on the manifold will require replacing which involves removing the exhaust manifold entirely. You’ll also have to remove the exhaust manifold if you’re changing the engine or taking out the entire exhaust system. It’s not a difficult job and need only a basic grasp of mechanical skills

Raising the Vehicle

Have vehicle car on flat ground and make sure that the engine is cold. Put chocks behind the rear wheels of your car. Make sure it’s in “Park” mode and that the handbrake is on. With a floor jack, raise the front end of the car using the frame for full support. Once lifted, the vehicle can rest on jack stands for optimum safety. Always double-check to be sure the vehicle is stable. It is now safe to get under the car. Spread an old blanket on the ground unless you have a mechanic’s creeper. You should also put gloves on to keep the dirt off your hands.

Exhaust Pipe

Your next duty is to remove the exhaust system from the exhaust manifold. Look under the vehicle and you’ll see that the system is connected to the manifold by 2 bolts. Loosen these with a wrench; you might have to use penetrating oil on them first. Pull the exhaust system away from the manifold so you have room to work on it. If it’s easier, take off the entire exhaust system as this will give you all the room that you want.

Removing the Manifold

You’ll notice that each exhaust manifold pipe is linked to the main cylinder by 2 bolts. Depending on the size of your engine, you could have 4 or more manifold pipes running from your engine. All of these have to be taken out to remove the exhaust manifold.

You’ll have to loosen all the bolts and remove them. Go pipe by pipe and if the bolts are reluctant to turn, use a squirt of penetrating oil. let it to soak into the bolt before trying again. As you remove each pipe, make a note of where it goes on the cylinder. This will make re-attaching the pipe much easier. Draw a diagram and number each pipe.

In some situation, the pipe will seem stuck to the cylinder. When this happens, tap the exhaust manifold pipe lightly with a rubber mallet. This will allow you remove it.


When the exhaust manifold pipes are gone, you will be able to see the manifold gasket. To complete the removal, this has to be removed as well. It should peel away from the cylinder but if it does stick, peel it away with a scraper and clean the area thoroughly. This is vital because when you put a new gasket on, it needs to sit on bare metal in order to make a good seal.