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Old 11-26-2011, 02:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Exhaust Flex Pipe cover repair?

Does anyone know if I can repair this without having to replace it?

The material cover over the flex tube/pipe is loose and free. The U-bolt disappeared. I have no clue what happened to it. There are still some floater caps on the ends of the pipe.

There is no problems I can detect outside of rattling noise. How important is this cover?

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Old 11-26-2011, 02:06 PM   #2 (permalink)
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thats the heat shield. if removed heat transfers into the car. floor gets hot. jb weld woks wonders to help put it back up and get rid of the rattle.
lol hold on.... looked at the second pic a little better and saw what you are talking about.... I have never jb welded that back into place... I thought yu was referring to the shield attached to the body

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Old 11-26-2011, 02:16 PM   #3 (permalink)
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No, I mean the fiber mesh cover on the actual pipe. I know it's hard to understand without seeing a healthy flex pipe. But that mesh slides up and down on the pipe.

Normally the mesh is contained by ring-caps (see in 2nd pic how the caps are floating on the pipe).

I'm guessing the mesh just protects the flex spring from filling with dirt and muck. And probably is a heat-resistant cover to protect against from water ,etc. from getting on the pipe.

But yeah, I've had problems with the heat shield. Those loose ring caps make rattling. I'll look into jb welds works, thanks.
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If the flex pipe is not leaking, what are you worried about? Leave the braid alone or remove it. Its primary function is to add strength to the bellows and to protect them from possible damage, but its entirely optional.
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Cool, thanks. I figured it wasn't a huge deal. Based on the Service Manual ($30 on Amazon) it looks like I can just unscrew and yank the flex pipe. But the replacement is at least $150-180. And it looks like the thing is either rusted in place or welded.

It's a project on the "if I have a lot of extra money" list. The muffler is decent, so no worries.

I was just curious if there's a repair kit that isn't expensive. I may try adding something to keep the ring-caps and mesh in place.
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Cool, thanks. I figured it wasn't a huge deal. Based on the Service Manual ($30 on Amazon) it looks like I can just unscrew and yank the flex pipe. But the replacement is at least $150-180. And it looks like the thing is either rusted in place or welded.

It's a project on the "if I have a lot of extra money" list. The muffler is decent, so no worries.

I was just curious if there's a repair kit that isn't expensive. I may try adding something to keep the ring-caps and mesh in place.
You can put a hose clamp around it.

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^^^^^ +1

Stretch the cover out to full length and clamp it with a hose clamp. Just dont overtighten the clamp and start to crush the bellows. Did this on my long gone 91 Escort winter beater and it held for years until I junked the car.
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Stretch the cover out to full length and clamp it with a hose clamp. Just dont overtighten the clamp and start to crush the bellows. Did this on my long gone 91 Escort winter beater and it held for years until I junked the car.
Good info cause my windstar has the same issue. It makes noise and is annoying.
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Old 11-27-2011, 05:03 PM   #9 (permalink)
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i just bought 2 hose clamps. I was thinking of pushing the ring-caps over the ends of the cover, then putting the clamps on the outsides of the caps to keep them pressed up against the spring. As opposed to clamping down on top of the actual cover.
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