Cheapo Solution for Hole in Front Pipe??

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Old 01 Dec 2006, 09:30 am   #1 (permalink)
Jon
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Default Cheapo Solution for Hole in Front Pipe??

I've got a '99 Camry with 146 k miles. When there's a hole in the
front pipe, sounds like some people just weld a new flex plate/pipe as
a cheap fix. My local Midas said he wouldn't recommend it, as it will
likely damage the catalytic converter.

I"d say I'd like to keep the car for another 30 to 40 thousand
miles--any opinions on the cheapest way to go?

Thanks in advance,

Jon

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Old 01 Dec 2006, 11:31 am   #2 (permalink)
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Jon wrote:
> I've got a '99 Camry with 146 k miles. When there's a hole in the
> front pipe, sounds like some people just weld a new flex plate/pipe as
> a cheap fix. My local Midas said he wouldn't recommend it, as it will
> likely damage the catalytic converter.
>
> I"d say I'd like to keep the car for another 30 to 40 thousand
> miles--any opinions on the cheapest way to go?
>
> Thanks in advance,
>
> Jon
>

Are you talking about the exhaust pipe between the manifold and cat? if
so, go for it. a little welding isnt going to hurt the cat.
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Old 02 Dec 2006, 03:28 pm   #3 (permalink)
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Of course Midas wants to sell you entire system vice a 30 fix. The cat gets
glowing hot sometimes - a little welding sure isn't going to harm it (and
they know that). If you have a rust hole - I bet far more of the pipe than
you think is bad though. Don't use flex pipe either. If you are keeping
another 40k you might just want to replace the whole thing --- with a patch
you'll surely be back in 20k miles for another.

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> Jon wrote:
>> I've got a '99 Camry with 146 k miles. When there's a hole in the
>> front pipe, sounds like some people just weld a new flex plate/pipe as
>> a cheap fix. My local Midas said he wouldn't recommend it, as it will
>> likely damage the catalytic converter.
>>
>> I"d say I'd like to keep the car for another 30 to 40 thousand
>> miles--any opinions on the cheapest way to go?
>>
>> Thanks in advance,
>>
>> Jon
>>

> Are you talking about the exhaust pipe between the manifold and cat? if
> so, go for it. a little welding isnt going to hurt the cat.



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