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Exhaust / Muffler Rust
Posted 23 March 2004 - 04:42 PM
Right at the muffler / exhaust pipe connection where that 'u-bend with two bolts' joint is completely rusted out. As in the front of the muffler to out is completely disconnected. What is the best way to go about fixing this without spending tons of money? I dont have welding or fab equipment available, so unless is really minor, a homemade solution may not be possible. Also, theres a lot of loose junk (rusted exhausted pipe chips i assume) inside the muffler, whats the best way to get it out, or is shaking it out the only way?
-------(tail pipe)--| muffler | ________
the rusted out joint thing ... /|\ there
Thanks in advance
Posted 23 March 2004 - 06:33 PM
I'll assume that you want to keep the system "original" for e-check inspections etc.
If you want a long-term solution, you should consider dropping the exahaust at the Y pipe. You can then dissasemble, and possibly reuse some of the sections.
You can also fabricate something (to tie the corroded section back together) much easier when the parts are off the car. The area that you are referring to has a gentle curve, so a straight piece probably wont work. You'll need a "universal" curved section, or flex pipe to maintain the original shape.
When you bolt it all back together, use all new fasteners and clamps. You'll be glad you did next time you are working on the exhast system.
good luck, John
Posted 24 March 2004 - 12:06 AM
Posted 24 March 2004 - 12:09 PM
Posted 24 March 2004 - 07:53 PM
I just got back from the parts store, and there "stock muffler" for my car is COMPLETELY different - The metal hangar arms that go through the rubber hangers are in very different spots, so im wondering if their idea of 'stock' is skewed, or is my current muffler not stock.
My current muffler has one pipe in, two pipes out (refer to drawing) and they said there arent any mufflers like that.
Im gonna try ( key word there is try) to hang this new one wihtout gettin it too dirty, or they wont let me return it, but please let me know on the stock vs not-stock issue, or if any other XT owners have experienced this, how did you hang it?
Posted 24 March 2004 - 08:39 PM
I think you got hosed by a parts guy who doesn't know what an XT is, and thinks you have a generic sub coupe. They make all kinds of muffler inlet/outlet combinations for different cars!
Posted 25 March 2004 - 12:23 AM
Partsman: I looked up that part on the NAPA website, no picture, so i guess ill take your word on that one and head in to NAPA tomorrow morning see if they have it, or if it needs to be ordered. Thanks again!
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