GM S10/S15/Sonoma Pick-Ups 1982-1993 Repair Manual

General Information


See Figures 1 and 2

Two types of pipe connections are used on most exhaust systems, they are: the ball joint (to allow angular movement for alignment purposes) and the slip joint. Gaskets are used only with the ball joint type connections.

The system is supported by free hanging rubber mountings which permit some movement of the exhaust system but do not allow the transfer of noise and vibration into the passenger compartment. Any noise vibrations or rattles in the exhaust system are usually caused by misalignment of the parts.

Before performing any operation on the exhaust system, be sure to allow it to cool.

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Fig. Fig. 1: Common exhaust system assembly

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Fig. Fig. 2: Exhaust system components behind the crossover pipe and turbocharger-4.3L MFI-Turbo engine

As with many areas of service on your truck, the exhaust system presents it's own dangers. Always follow the safety precautions carefully during exhaust system service.