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Old 05-28-2007, 06:14 AM   #1
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how to fix hole in exhaust system

I have a hole in part of my exhaust system, where these wires weave together. The weave has a rip in it (located by my engine oil drain plug).

I probably did it driving over a curb.


Will automotive duct tape fix this, or would that melt. I know there is a recall related to my exhaust system. I plan on getting recall work done soon.

edit:
my exhaust flex coupler link is ripped.
http://www.jcwhitney.com/autoparts/P...012761/c-10101

Is this easy to replace? Or do I have to take out the entire exhaust system:ticking

another edit:

Apparently, I just remove the clamps (once the car is cooled of course).

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Old 05-28-2007, 09:49 AM   #2
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I have a hole in part of my exhaust system, where these wires weave together. The weave has a rip in it (located by my engine oil drain plug).

I probably did it driving over a curb.


Will automotive duct tape fix this, or would that melt. I know there is a recall related to my exhaust system. I plan on getting recall work done soon.

edit:
my exhaust flex coupler link is ripped.
http://www.jcwhitney.com/autoparts/P...012761/c-10101

Is this easy to replace? Or do I have to take out the entire exhaust system:ticking

another edit:

Apparently, I just remove the clamps (once the car is cooled of course).
From what you say, it seems like it'll be fairly easy. If you are using something to bandage the hole rather than replacing the section of exhaust I suggest using something other than duct tape. You can buy special kits to repair small holes etc in the exhaust system, but it's only really a temperary fix. Or you could bodge it with some rag and loads of exhaust putty of course, lol.
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Old 05-28-2007, 12:54 PM   #3
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don't even bother trying to half-ass it together unless you're ok w/ it lasting about a month at a time. the OEM flex tube is usually built into the pipe and needs to be cut out. your local muffler shop has new ones they can just weld right in and you won't have to think about it again...
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Old 05-28-2007, 02:24 PM   #4
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What might happen if I don't get this fixed? It's hard to say how long it's been this way.
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Old 05-28-2007, 02:57 PM   #5
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What might happen if I don't get this fixed? It's hard to say how long it's been this way.

it just might annoy the sh*t out of you... if you have emission tests where you are and the leak has gotten bad enough, they might make you go fix it before they will test it...
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Old 05-28-2007, 03:10 PM   #6
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Here's a pic

This is the best pic I could get, it's not a big hole, and I would not have noticed if I hadn't decided to change my oil on my own--for the first time in this car.

My car is not loud and I don't ever see any exhaust come out the sides, but I suppose just knowing that the tear is there could eat away at me psychologically. Paying somebody to fix it would be cheaper than therapy.
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Old 05-29-2007, 04:08 AM   #7
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Yes, get down to the exhaust specialist and have it replaced.
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