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    Posted: July/11/2007 at 2:53pm
I just rigged my muffler with a coathanger.

I own a '99 Pontiac Sunfire with just over 75k on it, and five months left on a 30-month loan. It is due for inspection this month, has some rust, and a drip in the transmission fluid.

My solution? Trade it in, of course. I got a line from my car dealer on an '05 Sunfire at auction with just over 24k that he'll get for me at a fair price and a 60 month loan that the credit union has already approved at a much lower rate. Triumph! I couldn't have been happier.

And then what happens? The freaking muffler falls apart!

Both clamps are broken, both the forward one that holds the pipe as well as the one that holds the strap around the actual muffler (one of them must have broken earlier and I didn't know it). So, ready to trade the car in, I was driving around with the entire exhaust system laying on the wheel beam, which I don't have to say is very bad, because even the smallest pothole at low speed would cause the beam to jump with the shocks and snap the pipe in half, leaving the muffler tumbling in the street behind me.

Should I get it fixed? Hell no. I'm trading the pile of junk in, after all.

So out I went in my driveway, and used my wheel jack to prop up the muffler. Then, laying on my back on the pavement (which now is starting to hurt as I type this), I fitted a coathanger around what was left of the clamp and tightened it, then tied it off.

Of course, I am going to have to mention this to the dealer, because it is completely obvious. BUt I just could not bring myself to get the thing fixed when I'm going to get rid of it--maybe this week--anyway.

To put it mildly, I now feel like the best kind of back-yard, short-cut-taking redneck mechanics around. And I feel much better knowing it's the last thing I'll have to jury-rig on that piece of crap.
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No worries there WW, it is a relatively inexpensive thing to fix. You could probably go to a Napa Auto Parts store and buy the actual muffler hangers for $12 and with a socket set, have them replaced inside 30 minutes. I don't know how mechanically inclined you are, but if you can rig a coathanger, Im sure you can hook up the real deal.
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