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I have what looks like water leaking from the seam of my muffler(not the piping, it looks like its too much to be condensation. What could be the cause of this?

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  • Jerry May 11, 2010

    You could possibly have a leak on the gasket between the head and the main engine block. Is your vehicle overheating? Have you had to add water? Have you looked at the water that you are leaking? Does it look like engine coolant?



    Also, in hot days, if you are using the a/c, sometimes condensation does appear to be like a severe leak. I know my vehicle does it. In which case, there's no need to worry.

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It is water and there is a tiny hole there to drain it out, water is a normal by product of the Catalytic Converter and combustion.

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