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Water in Exhaust pipe....

During the cold winter months, i noticed when starting my truck, i would here a sound coming from the exhaust sounding like a pouring noise, and after a few minutes the noise would go away, but never saw any water or spots on ground.

today i started my truck and while it was idleing, i heard the noise and looked underneath and saw water driping from the exhaust pipe where a clamp is holding the pipes together, i would say it is behind the cat converter about where the bed starts behind the x-cab.

any ideas how water got in there and any way to get it out?
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Water is a natural outcome of combustion. It's normal, but shouldn't be excessive. In fact you know an older car is running great when the exhaust is rusting inside out.
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condensation happens with every single exhaust on every vehical...
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. In fact you know an older car is running great when the exhaust is rusting inside out.
come again?
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I'll bet that you don't have the original muffler on your truck. Ford OE mufflers have a small hole to allow the water condensation to drain. Many aftermarket mufflers do not.
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I'll bet that you don't have the original muffler on your truck. Ford OE mufflers have a small hole to allow the water condensation to drain. Many aftermarket mufflers do not.

well saying the truck is 13-14 years old now, i am sure it is not the original.
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come again?
I'd rather buy a 15 year old vehicle with a rusted exhaust than one covered with soot caused by blue, black or white smoke.

One thing you can do to limit water buildup is drill a very small hole in your muffler as described by Bob (or you may have one that is clogged). You can also limit your short trips because they do not sufficiently heat up your exhaust to cause any excess water to convert back to steam.
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this water leak is before the muffler.
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Your question has been answered -- multiple times.
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Its very normal, like it has been said, now if you go out and it makes a huge puddle thats got a green tint to it, then you can stick your finger in it and taste it, it is sweet then you got a head gasket problem, otherwise its just normal condensation
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And you probably have a leaky connection between the muffler and pipe, or pipe and CAT, whatever. When the "donut" when bad between my CAT and the pipe that joins it to the muffler, it dripped just after the cat when it was cold.
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