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Old 04-27-2001, 10:38 AM
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Default Exhaust leak... Does that tape stuff work?

I know that people are going to laugh on this one.. My rear driveshaft dropped and on its way around it wacked my muffler. Now there is a small hole about the size of a dime. I am planning on getting this replaced in a few weeks.

However, the noise is driving me nuts. I have seen that tape that you can wrap around a piece of exhaust to cover the leak. Does it actually work? Its cheap and I am only looking for it to work for a little while until I get it fixed.

Thanks for your help.

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Default Re: Exhaust leak... Does that tape stuff work?

Yes, it does work after a fashion... it will heat, decay, and fall off in about 1500 miles.

Try the following:

1. Round out the edges of the hole.
2. Put a large scrwe up into the hole.
3. Cut some sheet metal ( soup can will do) about 4" square.
4. Get 4 LONG hose clamps and open 'em up.
5. Put two together so you have r2 REALLY long hose clamps.
6. Put the sheet metal over the bolt head.
7. Put the hose clamps over the sheet metal to hold it on.

You're done!

Now if you're cheap like me... do the following:

1. Cut the sheet metal into a 2" square.
2. Drill a 1/8" hole into each corner of the sheet metal.
3. Center the sheet metal over the hole in the muffler.
4. Mark the hole positions on the muffler.
5. Drill the matching 1/8" holes in the muffler.
6. Buy 5 (you may screw one up!) steel pop rivets.
7. Pop rivet the muffler patch in place!
8. Paint it with some good high temp paint.

It will last longer than the muffler tape. If you want to you can use some hightemp muffler seal between the patch and the muffler.

You're done again!

I just read Sahara88's reply below, and there is a good fix for a hole in the exhaust pipe.... read on...

1. Go to the store and buy a can of your favorite Cambells Soup. Now hop ove rto the Autoparts store an buy two muffler clamps the size of your pipe.
2. Empty the can into a soup pan.
3. Wash the can and take off the label.
4. Cut out the bottom of the can.
5. Split the can down it's seam.
6. Put the Soup can over the hole in the pipe.
7. Put the muffler clamps over the soup can.
8. Tighten the clamps.
9. Go in and eat the soup, you deserve it.

This is a GREAT Trail fix!

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I used the cloth-like stuff. I mixed water and their bottle of "elixir" into a pan, soaked the cloth, then wrapped my exhaust pipe, and stuffed and wrapped the muffler. It worked like a charm on the exhaust pipe, but not as well on the muffler (lasted long enough to pass inspection, though)!?

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I'm just looking to get rid of the noise for a week or two... Thanks for the input..

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Default Re: Exhaust leak... Does that tape stuff work?

I'm just looking to get rid of the noise for a week or two... Thanks for the input..

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There is an entire industy devoted to cheap quick fixes that really don't work. They know you have a potential 250-300 dollar expense coming up and that you are willing to bet 5 or 6 dollars to see if you can fix it with a piece of tape. They sell all sorts of crazy stuff like a bottle of something that is supposed to fix the compression leak on your 185,000 mile engine. My opinion is that all these cheap "bandaids" waste your time and money and raise your frustration level. Bite the bullet, fix it right, and be done with it.

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I am going to byte the bullet in 2 weeks. Relax. Just looking for that quick fix to get rid of the noise, I have a long drive tomorrow and Don't feel like listening to it the whole way down there.

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Default Re: Exhaust leak... Does that tape stuff work?

Long drive tommorow? You wouldn't be heading to the englishtown swap-meet would you?

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Nah, actually not. What part of Jersey are you from?

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Bergen county, up around hackensack.

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