95 Toyota Camry, exhaust work

Tiny
CHARLESINCHARGE
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  • 1995 TOYOTA CAMRY
I have a 95 toyota camry 6 cyl four door. Anyways it has been real loud so I took it to a mechanic, he put it up on a lift and showed me a mesh part of the exhaust very near the engine, the mesh part was all falling apart and he said that is where the sound is coming from.
He then said it would cost well over $600 to fix because he has to replace everything from the engine back because the mesh thing is all torn up.
Am I being scammed? There has to be a cheaper fix for this.
Lastly if there is no cheaper solution, what damage will it do to the car to drive it the way it is. I dont care that its loud I only drive it to work and back.
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Tuesday, September 11th, 2007 AT 11:20 AM

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Tiny
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Is this the one you are talking about?


http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/89255_mesh_1.jpg


I do not think you have to replace all the exhaust pipe from engine all the way to the muffler if there is nothing wrong with your exhaust pipes. The mesh pipe under the engine is to isolate vibration generated by the engine, thereby relieving stress on the entire exhaust system .Designed to reduce the premature cracking of manifolds and down pipes. Go to this site:

http://www.jcwhitney.com/autoparts/Product/tf-Browse/s-10101/Pr-p_Product.CATENTRY_ID:2012408/p-2012408/N-111+10201+600012761/c-10101

If you do not replace it, nothing is going to happen to the car but the mesh pipe might break into half if you do not replace it. The mesh part is around $35 only.
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Tuesday, September 11th, 2007 AT 3:08 PM
Tiny
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So in theory I could get that part for 35 bucks and fix it myself?

I am assuming there is some sort of manual I could get?

Does the pipe have to be cut to get the old part off. I am very willing to learn how to do things I just need someone to point me in the right direction.
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Tuesday, September 11th, 2007 AT 3:22 PM
Tiny
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I rather get it welded by a muffler shop but I would not go back to that mechanic of yours. Sometimes the clamps that is included loosens in the long run. Make sure to buy mesh pipe length with that extra solid pipe in the ends of the mesh because that is where the muffler shop is going to weld it.

Yes, they have to cut the old one out and insert the new mesh pipe to your cut out exhaust pipes. That is why you have to buy 3" to 4" longer than the original size. It is better to be long than short.
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Tuesday, September 11th, 2007 AT 3:32 PM
Tiny
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Correct repair is to replace the front exhaust pipe. The are available aftermarket for about $300 plus gaskets and installation. Having a new flex welded in is like putting a patch on. Also this pipe has a cat in it as well so any air leaks from a welded flex are not good.
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Wednesday, September 12th, 2007 AT 5:51 PM

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