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From bad to worse: Need to remove exhaust manifold/cat from 3.2 engine

Help, Advice, Owners' Discussion and DIY Tutorials on Volvo XC90s. The XC90 proved to be very popular, and very good for Volvo's sales numbers, since its introduction in model year 2003 (North America).
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From bad to worse: Need to remove exhaust manifold/cat from 3.2 engine

Post by nvail1983 » Sat Mar 30, 2019 6:07 pm

Hello,
I found myself in a situation that went from bad to worse... I was attempting to replace my mid exhaust section on my '08 XC90 (3.2 engine). When disconnecting the mid section from the catalytic converters/exhaust manifolds, 5 of the 8 bolts snapped. I believe my best option is to extract the catalytic converters and the drill/tap the bolt holes. I'm totally stumped though on how to get the cats/manifolds out of the vehicle. It almost looks as if the engine has to be pulled. I haven't been able to find any documentation online.

Is there a voice of 1st hand experience out there? Thank you!
-Nate