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NOISE AND POWER FLUCTUATION on 1998 Dodge Ram 1500

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THE EXHAUST SYSTEM ON MY DODGE HAS GOTTEN LOUDER OVER THE LAST FEW MONTHS. I HAVE ALSO NOTICED THE ENGINE POWER FLUCTUATING AROUND 50-60 MPH. IT SHOWS ON THE TACH AS WELL. THERE IS SOMETIMES A TICKING SOUND COMING FROM UNDERNEATH THE PASSENGER SIDE OF THE TRUCK. THE TRUCK HAS 73K MILES ON IT, AND IT IS IN VERY GOOD CONDITION.
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I'm wondering if you may have a leaking exhaust manifold and / or manifold gasket? A first hand inspection is in order.

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