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Old 11-10-2007, 12:49 PM   #1
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I would say about 4 months ago I replaced the EGR gasket on my '94 because I thought it needed it based on what I could see (it was chipped in several places). The EGR gaskets in the HELP! section were cheap enough, so I picked them up and used the one I needed. (These gaskets also have a screen on themto keep debris from entering the intake stream).

About a month ago I noticed a hissing sound coming from around that area, though I could not locate it. So I let it go, thinking it was air from the intake tube that I was hearing. It was also about this time my fuel mileage started to go to...well, h3LL. Yesterday, after changing the oil AND doing a coolant flush (went with Prestone LL), the hissing sound got worse. So, I took some TB cleaner, spray all around that area....and the engine stutters and shuts off. Ah-hah! So I thought...maybe I didn't tighten the EGR down enough. Nope...all tight. "Nah....it couldn't be. I just replaced the gasket..."

I'll post pics of it later. But rest assured there was nothing left of that gasket but the metal screen.

I HAD to get another HELP! gasket for the interim. I ordered a good one...same type of material exhaust manifold gaskets use...and should be here today or Monday.

And that'* my story.
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Their rubber components are crap also. Tried to use one of their 5/8 heater hose bypass plugs on our Supra Turbo coolant port and the thing dried up and cracked in about 6 mo. time.
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were did u get yours from i kinda need to order one
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Advance Auto can get them. I imagine Autozone can get them too...but I don't have one local to me. And it should be of much better quality than the aisle has to offer.
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Got the pics taken..

This is one of the gaskets the kit comes with. I think this one is for the Ford models, but the gasket material is the same, along with the addition of the debris screen.
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This is what the GM gasket looks like after about 4 months and 10k miles
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Nothing left of it. Talk about causing one helluva vac leak
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You started with clean surfaces and there are no cracks or problems? I'd think something was causing that gasket to go like that.
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