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Old 04-22-2010, 11:42 AM   #1
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Default possible to replace just the flex coupler?

I took my '03 AR to get inspected this afternoon. They failed it for an exhaust leak in the flex coupler on the drivers side.

The shop is saying the part includes the cat and is $954 + 1.5 hrs labor to install so I'm looking at over $1050 for the repair.

Is this realistic?

Is it possible to cut out the flex coupler and weld a new one in so I don't have to waste all that money on replacing a perfectly good cat...?

I searched the forum and wiki to see if there was info on this and didn't turn anything up. So... thanks in advance for any advice or suggestions! -David
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Old 04-23-2010, 07:32 AM   #2
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I don't know from personal experience, but I'd at least try a good muffler shop, and see if they can cut out and replace just the flex section. For that price, it's worth a shot.
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Give VAST in Detroit a call, they shold be able to fix you up
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OH, I thought you were trying to replace the flux capacitor.................
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Good muffler shop will cut out the old one and weld new one in. It is relatively easy to do. Heck, if I was in your shoes I would just buy used welder ($100 for a good one) and would do it myself.
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Mine got a tear in it and I just got some aluminum duct tape and a hose clamp and patched it up.

Now that might not qualify for an emissions test, but I doubt the look under the car unless they can hear the leak already.

So patch it up and they wont hear it....
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