how to fix exhaust gap?
My mother-in-law came to me today saying that when she starts her 2010 Honda CRV, for the first 2 minutes she heard a loud exhaust sound. I noticed the same thing. I found that when the exhaust pipe warms up, it expands and creates a seal and eliminates the gap between the exhaust pipe and the catalytic converter. I found that there are 3 bolts that hold the two pieces together, however all the nuts seem to have rusted off and I able unable to get the bolts out. I also noticed that on one of the bolts, the flange around it completely rusted away so the bolt couldn't hold the two pieces together anyways. I was wondering what would be the best course of action to fix this? Would I need to have a new flange welded on with 3 new bolts?
Below is a link to google photos which shows the gap:
This is a fairly simple repair for any muffler shop.
I was wondering what would be the best course of action to fix this?
Go to a good muffler shop and get it replaced with NEW.