80-96-list-digest Friday, July 3 1998 Volume 02 : Number 230
Ford Truck Enthusiasts - 1980-1996 Trucks and Vans
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>From: "Pat Daniels"
>Subject: FTE 80-96 - Exhaust Question...
>I own an 88 F350 4x4 with the F.I. 5.8L and the C6 tranny.
> I have an exhaust leak on the right side exhaust manifold
>where the air pump (smog pump?) mate together. I would
>like to put on a set of shorty headers and eliminate the air
>pump and all of its associated plumbing but I am afraid
>of how the engine computer and fuel injection will react to
>this. Anybody have any experience with this?
The air injection point is downstream of all the engine sensors (O2, etc.),
so disabling it should have no effect on the computer or EFI controls.
The purpose of the air injection pump is to provide fresh air (extra O2) in
the exhaust gas stream to aid in reducing unburned hydrocarbons (HCs)
emitted from the tailpipe. The extra O2 on the O2 sensor would confuse the
engine's computer (which uses input from the O2 sensor to adjust the
fuel/air mixture), so that's why the air is injected downstream of the
As long as the new headers have provisions for the proper O2 sensor(s),
your engine control systems shouldn't be affected by changing the exhaust
Good luck w/ your truck.
Dave R. (M-block devotee)
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