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The DS exhaust manifold on my Pro4x just broke. The weld on the flange at the cat failed. It broke clean off! My wife was driving the truck, said she hear a pop. There is no damage in the area what so ever. Anyone else have this happen to them? That weld should have out lasted the truck! Hope the passenger side manifold doesnt break too, I read that one might require the motor to be pulled.

I have contacted Nissan even though my truck is out of warranty. Nissan told me I had to take it to the dealer to be inspected but I did not have the time or want to drive it any further. Hopefully after I get some pictures they will reimburse me for the part. You can see that the weld did not penetrate the metal nearly enough to hold. The welder that day must have been hung over!
 

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It happened to me around 61k miles. The driver side manifold cracked right at the flange of the manifold that connects to the catalytic converter. I just bought a replacement manifold from rock auto and replaced it myself. 140 dollars for the manifold and new gasket. The job is pretty straightforward. If the passenger side ever goes, I am going to some aftermarket headers.
 

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Should be covered by emissions warranty. Unless you are over in time or miles. I think the emissions warranty is 80k?
 

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Yes, see if this falls under the federal emissions warranty, which supersedes any dealer warranty.

If not, maybe a shop can weld it for you. My daughter had an exhaust manifold break on her '98 Pathfinder and had it welded to fix for $25 at a muffler shop.
 

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You don't need to pull the engine, especially on the driver's side. There is plenty of access by removing the plastic wheel liner. The shield can be barely squeezed up to the top. The passenger side's issue is the heat shield, which is, in my experience, impossible to remove in one piece and undamaged unless the engine is lifted up. Plug, the bolts that hold the shield on always break. I replaced the manifolds on my 06 Pathy with Doug Thorley shortie headers. No shields required on them; I cut the passenger side heat shield into three pieces and removed them and didn't have to lift the engine.
 
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This just happened to me yesterday too. This thread isn't that old so I'd thought I'd add to it. So yesterday the truck started just fine ran well for a couple minutes then all of a sudden huge exhaust leak. I limped it home and saw this after it cooled down.

http://s153.photobucket.com/user/ni...6-4413-8472-F411AFCEF97A_zpsosweobnl.mp4.html

I'll contact on if my local dealers and get the ball rolling.


Update: dropped the truck off at my local dealer and they are replacing the driver side exhaust manifold under warranty. Don't have any other details at this time.
 

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You don't need to pull the engine, especially on the driver's side. There is plenty of access by removing the plastic wheel liner. The shield can be barely squeezed up to the top. The passenger side's issue is the heat shield, which is, in my experience, impossible to remove in one piece and undamaged unless the engine is lifted up. Plug, the bolts that hold the shield on always break. I replaced the manifolds on my 06 Pathy with Doug Thorley shortie headers. No shields required on them; I cut the passenger side heat shield into three pieces and removed them and didn't have to lift the engine.
After you cut the heat shield, was it difficult to remove the manifold ? I've been yanking my hair out for a couple hours on this one ...thanks in advance for any assistance you can give
 

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No, with the shield out of the way, front pipe (or, post catalyst, if you prefer) out of the way and the manifold nuts removed, it came right out the bottom.
 

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My 2018 P4X KC passenger side manifold broke at the cat flange this past summer at about 65,000 KM, dealer replaced it under the powertrain (100KM) warranty. Last month at about 72,000 KM the drivers side broke in the same spot, and the dealer again replaced it under the powertrain warranty. Annoying, but at least it didn't cost me much other than the inconvenience of the closest dealer to me being over 30 minutes away from my house.
 

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Thats good, my driver side header cracked in a different spot the 2nd time. Now I have a set of Doug Thorley short tube headers. I did the drivers side first and went okay only lost one finger nail. Passenger side went well and only took 4 hrs. Learned a lot and used different tools to make it easier. A torch with MAP gas is your friend.

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Thats good, my driver side header cracked in a different spot the 2nd time. Now I have a set of Doug Thorley short tube headers. I did the drivers side first and went okay only lost one finger nail. Passenger side went well and only took 4 hrs. Learned a lot and used different tools to make it easier. A torch with MAP gas is your friend.

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That looks nice.

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My left side exhaust manifold broke off and the cat flange needed to be welded. I guess this is a problem with these trucks. How often does this happen? Does good headers offer a good option to solving this?
 

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My left side exhaust manifold broke off and the cat flange needed to be welded. I guess this is a problem with these trucks. How often does this happen? Does good headers offer a good option to solving this?
I wouldn't say it's "common," but does happen to some. Doug Thorley shorty headers are a direct fit and pretty beefy; I can't picture that happening to them.
 
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