Squeezing the Muffler Clamps

Kneale Brownson knealeski at sbcglobal.net
Wed May 14 08:02:32 PDT 2008

I usually install the clamp loosely over the exhaust pipe  before assembling the joint and then, after sliding the muffler's pipe into the exhaust pipe, slide the clamp over the joint.  It's been a while, but I seem to recall having to take the clamp apart and spread slightly the inner sleeve overlap to provide enough gap around the exhaust pipe to permit sliding the clamp.  

Brian Pleet <bpleet at telusplanet.net> wrote:  In a bout of "You may as well-itis" I purchased the Audi OEM part to 
connect the catalytic converter out pipe to the middle muffler input 
pipe of my 1990 90Q. The connecting pipe fits well over both pipes, 
but I can't get the two clamps to close enough to get the supplied 
bolt and nut started. If I use a longer bolt, the bolt is pushed 
outward by the curve of the pipe and it will not fit through the 
other end of the clamp.

Any suggestions on how to get enough pressure to close the clamps 
enough to secure the nuts?

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