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!Removed! Flexi Pipe


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Had a rite mission this morning trying to change the flexi pipe on my car and it still not complete as I ran out of time. I also changed the oil first, that was done really quick as I had bought the tools for the job. The flexi however was a rite pain as all the nuts and bolts are/were seized. I started the cat end but got nowhere fast so moved to mid section. Ended up having to drop the whole exhaust down so I cud get sum leverage on the on the spanners. That bit come off easy enough at that point. Decided to attack the other end one last time, this time with a socket and hammer and manged to undo one of the nuts. I wasn't hitting it hard so shouldn't of damaged anything above :-/ then the misses !Removed! down an my time was up. Had to reassemble exhaust even though it's not attached to anything an call it a morning. Still there is jus one more nut to crack and then I can put in new flexi an that will be another tick in the box :-)

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A blow torch! Heat up the nut which causes it to expand, will then come off much easier. Be very careful to make sure you have the correct size socket as obviously when the nut has been heated, it is softer and there is higher chance of rounding it!

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Finally all sorted :-) I was quite surprised by the lack of gaskets though. Is that a sign of poor maintenence ?? Now I jus need a slightly louder exhaust lol. Also found my oil leak, it is the cam cover gasket. I'll do a bit of reading and get some bits and attack that when weather is good agen.

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There should be a gasket where the flexi meets the middle section, it's like an O-ring but made of metal. And where the flexi meets the bottom of the cat there should also be an oval shaped gasket.

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