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Hi Everyone,

I recently had a 400 km trip and realized afterwards that my exhaust pipe was raised and pointing at the lower lip of my bumper and basically melted a U shape into the lower edge of the bumper.

I took a look and realized my muffler is rotated towards the back of the car causing the exhaust pipe to point at the bumper rather than downwards.

I can't see any fastener that's come loose or anything wrong with the hinges holding the muffler so I think my flex pipe is broken and allowing it to swivel too far back. The outer mesh is intact but it does seem to stretch awful far as the muffler rotates. I can basically move the muffler back and forth on it's axis.

Can someone confirm if something like this would happen and that the flex pipe is what really holds the muffler from rotating too far?

Also what kind of replacement flex pipe do I need for a 451 model in Canada. Lastly, can I drive this the 400 km back tomorrow before I get it fixed? I'm not in a good spot right now to take it somewhere and waste half a day or more having it fixed.

I've attached some pics of it flexed out toward the back with the muffler rotated and then also back in the original position I think it should be in.

 

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Hard to tell what broke on your exhaust system from the photos. I would remove the rear valance & deposit it in a waste receptacle. Then I would further inspect the muffler & perhaps a visit to a muffler shop for a quick repair will put things right. Otherwise, drive home without the valance. A little bailing wire may help secure things if a hanger weld broke.
 

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I would remove that plastic trim that melted, visit an exhaust shop close to your current location, and the repair should be complete within an hour. You can drive home safely. You can easily find that replacement rear bumper lower trim, and at very low cost as well. It is very easily replaced.
 

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Sorry for the stress this is causing you. If this happens to not be broken but somehow just lose, I would secure it in place right there and put a chrome exhaust tip on it. I would like to know the outcome. Have a safe home.
 

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Hey all! I drove back since all the shops in the area were closed until the Monday. It was fine on the way back as in it didn't get any worse so that was good. Took it to a Midas and they did an inspection. They confirmed it was the flex pipe. It was broken and over extending so the muffler was pulling it and then rotating. They got a new one and welded it in place of the old one as has been mentioned before on a few threads here. Going to pick it up later today. I'm going to eventually replace the lower trim when I do some other work on the car so for now I might just sand down the melted part so at least it's smooth since it doesn't look too bad


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