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Damn exhaust pipe

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Sledgstone

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As I was driving home from work last monday I noticed my saturn kept getting louder and louder. And then, right on the last couple streets to get to my house, my car started screaming at me. The car drove fine, felt fine, but the f*cking thing sounded like a drag racer. I got home and checked my exhaust and sure as hell, the joint where the exhaust pipe connects at broke. A car with no exhaust connected to it is so friggin loud you almost need earplugs.

The joint was pretty rusted, but the reason it broke is because another support piece further down the exhaust pipe broke and that caused the pipe to have enough back/forth and up/down movement to finish off the joint. I don't have any pictures of it or my repair job. But it should be all fine now since I quicksteeled the support and main joint back together again. Thank goodness for quicksteel. Aside from duct tape, this epoxy steel is versitile as all hell. *rubs my sore fingers from all the kneeding* x_x

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Well, the quicksteel failed. I forgot its only good for up to 500 degrees. So the exhaust pipe broke on my way to work monday. I remember yelling "BITCH!" in the car and then turned back home. So I went to Nappa and I picked up this stuff from Napa:

http://www.napaonline.com/MasterPages/NOLMaster.aspx?PageId=470&LineCode=BK&PartNumber=7651516&Description=Muffler+%26+Exhaust+Sealer+%26+Repair+Kit

And unlike quicksteel, I didn't need to knead it. Its just a goop and was easy to spreed around the break. Its a good thing I was able to get the pipe to line up and stay put with a clamp while the goop dried, because it takes 2-4 hours to set. I ended up using an entire tube on this break, I went balls nuts and whiped the stuff all around the break to reinforce it. I let it set for over 24 hours because it was an entire tube. I don't think it needed that long, but it apears to be holding. But to top it all off I picked up a couple packs of muffler bandage tape and wrapped the entire damn thing up to re-inforce it. I think its holding because I drove it all day yesterday and it was fine. But just this afternoon the car started sounding loud again. If the pipe fully broke again I would know, but I do have a strong feeling another crack might have started up or it possibly broke all over again and the muffler tape is holding it in place. This car hates me. x_x Its one thing to nickel and dime someone to death, but when all the nickel and dime jobs run $300 a shot, it really forces you to cob-job things to make them work. I just hope this crap will hold up in the long run. I'm going to check out the pipe tomorrow in the daylight and see what kind of damage might be going on now.

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My exhaust pipe broke again. :( While that goop is good for holes and cracks, it wasn't strong enough to hold a rusted, broken pipe together. I took my car into the local shop and they replaced the flex pipe for me. $100. Not that bad compared to Midas or one of these other places that would say I'd have replace the entire pipe with the cadillitic converter attached for over $300 just for the part.

Oh well. The quicksteel on the support bracket is holding fine tho. If that brakes again I'll just replace the bracket all together.

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