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Temporary Fix - Possible Exhaust Leak
I'm sure one or more of you will jump all over me for even asking this question but I have a suspected leak in my exhaust system and I'm wondering whether, as a temporary measure only, I could use foil tape to seal the connection point between the exhaust tube and muffler and the muffler and through-hull. I use the word suspected because, from time to time, I've noticed an exhaust smell in the cabin but I cannot determine whether the exhaust is leaking in from the exhaust tubing and muffler inside or whether it is being sucked into the cabin through a cowl vent or open port. It strikes me that foil tape has very good sealent capabilities and is generally considered fire resistent. I question, however, whether or not it is wise even on a temporary basis to test the fire resistant nature of the tape in this manner. I should mention that I have an A-4 and it exhausts through the hull amidships on the port side (the engine is located relatively far forward in the cabin). I should also mention that I will acquire a new carbon monoxide detector tomorrow.
What do you all think?