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Need recommendations, found some issues under the truck.

I was installing my nerf bars and found some issues under my truck.


Cracked exhaust after the muffler. Best fix?
Oil Pan leak. Take this to a shop to fix or just keep checking oil levels? It's not leaking on the driveway or anything.
Transmission leak? Also not leaking on the driveway.
Power steering leak (power steering is a bit low) Not sure where it's leaking from.
Also, ordered some new sway bar end links.

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How many miles on truck? Could be rear main seal leak. Exhaust you could try and tack weld it up or get a new pipe installed.


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How many miles on truck? Could be rear main seal leak. Exhaust you could try and tack weld it up or get a new pipe installed.


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I'll have to look when I get home, It was my Dad's truck before. I think mileage is around 140k. I don't weld, so I guess the easy fix would be to take it to an exhaust shop to repair? Or would I be better off buying a new exhaust and trying to install it myself? I'm ok with working on things myself as long as I don't need a lift etc and don't take too long to complete.
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I'll have to look when I get home, It was my Dad's truck before. I think mileage is around 140k. I don't weld, so I guess the easy fix would be to take it to an exhaust shop to repair? Or would I be better off buying a new exhaust and trying to install it myself? I'm ok with working on things myself as long as I don't need a lift etc and don't take too long to complete.


Yea you can take to exhaust shop to repair or just straight pipe it! Buy a kit and install yourself. Pretty easy deal


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Yea you can take to exhaust shop to repair or just straight pipe it! Buy a kit and install yourself. Pretty easy deal


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Thanks, I'm in California if that matters, I know there are allot of exhaust restrictions on cars but not sure if that applies to an 05 diesel.

Maybe something like this?
https://store.mbrpautomotive.com/en/...exit-t304.html
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Thanks, I'm in California if that matters, I know there are allot of exhaust restrictions on cars but not sure if that applies to an 05 diesel.


North or south California? Just be smart about it. There are tons of moded trucks in California.


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Get an exhaust that keeps a cat.

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Get an exhaust that keeps a cat.
Any suggestions? It's not my daily driver but it is our tow vehicle. Of course we use it for other truck stuff too. I may be the only tesla model 3 owner that also owns an old diesel truck hah (Don't hate!)
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You arenít the only one to own a Tesla and an older dodge diesel. Thereís plenty of people around here where I live that match that.

I honestly donít think thereís that much difference in the name brand exhaust systems.

I say to stick with a cat so that you can continue to pass emissions down where you are. Iím lucky and donít have to pass emissions even tho I live in California.

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You arenít the only one to own a Tesla and an older dodge diesel. Thereís plenty of people around here where I live that match that.

I honestly donít think thereís that much difference in the name brand exhaust systems.

I say to stick with a cat so that you can continue to pass emissions down where you are. Iím lucky and donít have to pass emissions even tho I live in California.

I'm not sure what is required to pass emissions here, I know there is some free smogcheck thing but I don't think it's very strict. Should I look into a catback then? Probably cheaper too? Truck also needs shocks and a bedliner to get it where I want it, I'm I'm sure bushing are somewhere on the list too.


What about all those leaking oil pans and power steering?
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Here's how I would approach it:

Cracked exhaust after the muffler. Best fix?
Have muffler shop replace tailpipe or buy an aftermarket one and install yourself

Oil Pan leak. Take this to a shop to fix or just keep checking oil levels? It's not leaking on the driveway or anything.
Start by "gently" re-torquing pan bolts. Clean pan with a de-greaser and check to see if you got it. Pulling oil pan and changing the gasket is a big deal. Have to partially lift the motor for clearance. Also, oil runs downhill so leaks that are higher up on the engine may cause oil to accumulate on the pan.

Transmission leak? Also not leaking on the driveway. Is it time for a transmission flush? Service the tranny and replace the gasket at the same time.

Power steering leak (power steering is a bit low) Not sure where it's leaking from. De-grease the pump and surrounding area drive it a couple days to isolate where the leak is.
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