I was told by shop it would take 2.5-3.0 hours to remove and replace exhaust manifold for 1997 Jeep Wrangler 4.0. Does this sound about right? thanks
by Visitor in Kailua Kona, HI on March 24, 2011
Actually it's not true. According to the official labor guide it takes 4.2 hours, but in reality it takes longer, due to rusted and seized manifold studs and nuts.
Of course it does not includes the replacement of broken exhaust/intake studs, which could happen during removal.
Are you replacing the manifold because it's cracked?
May I asked if they priced you an OE Jeep manifold from the dealer?
There are a lot better quality stainless manifold for less price than the OE and they won't crack. Let me know if you need more info.
thanks for info...mine is cracked. I bought one from a wrecked jeep at tow yard...100.00 it is an after market one with flex bellows...not sure of brand. Car Quest could get for 350.00...shipping to hawaii is costly...the used one looks solid...not too beat up or rusted.
Banks makes an excellent stainless steel manifold for less price than the OE, which is $450+gasket.
Can't beat the price of a salvage yard, especially when the part is in good condition.
Tell your tech to soak the manifold nuts and studs with penetrating fluid for a while.