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post #1 of 6 Old 12-03-2012, 02:47 PM Thread Starter
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Last night i noticed a rattle, i followed to the tailpipe where i was able to move in such a way that def seemed wrong. Pulled it off and realized the flamnge completely rusted and broke. After a little panic i planned my attack. I went to local shops today but wanted to fix it myself (with the help of a knowledgable neighbor). Repair shops were a joke, one place ballparked the repair at $80 and should be able to get to it today. Sencond place wanted me to wait an hour just to tell me yes or no on if they could repair it. NAPA parts i went, $10 parts nad i was on my way home to fix.

I purchased a 2 1/2 steel coupler and two clamps.
I used a saws all and grinder to cut the remaining flange of the pipe. The grider was used to clean up the tial pipe section to reattach. The cutting and grinding was the most time consuming. Once that was done the coupler and clamps went right on, with no issues, tailpipe went back in place on mada with little effort. Id say no more than a couple hours including cleanup.
This forum helps so much i need to contribute when i can. hope this helps anyone in the same situation.
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Last night i noticed a rattle, i followed to the tailpipe where i was able to move in such a way that def seemed wrong. Pulled it off and realized the flamnge completely rusted and broke. After a little panic i planned my attack. I went to local shops today but wanted to fix it myself (with the help of a knowledgable neighbor). Repair shops were a joke, one place ballparked the repair at $80 and should be able to get to it today. Sencond place wanted me to wait an hour just to tell me yes or no on if they could repair it. NAPA parts i went, $10 parts nad i was on my way home to fix.

I purchased a 2 1/2 steel coupler and two clamps.
I used a saws all and grinder to cut the remaining flange of the pipe. The grider was used to clean up the tial pipe section to reattach. The cutting and grinding was the most time consuming. Once that was done the coupler and clamps went right on, with no issues, tailpipe went back in place on mada with little effort. Id say no more than a couple hours including cleanup.
This forum helps so much i need to contribute when i can. hope this helps anyone in the same situation.

Thank you for your write-up and pictures. I found out when washing my Armada that the exhaust end was moving freely.
Went to Midas and they told me I have to replace the whole exhaust muffler piece as the piece sticking out is on the muffler side and was quoted $450+ tax. After looking at your picture looks like I have my answer. Thanks again!
I have to do it this coming weekend!
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$450...lol wow...thanks ridiculous...glad u found my write up and hope it helps. It's def a driveway job that took no time at all. I can't think of any pointers aside from what I mentioned. Good luck
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Our tailpipe just failed at the exact same point (where it is welded to the flange that mates up with the muffler section). Looking at the flange, it is severely rusted. Much more than the flange on the muffler section it bolts to. I suspect another quality Nissan supplier cut a corner on this one...

BTW, ours is a 2008 with 79k miles on it.

My '99 Passat just went to the junkyard with 334k miles and the original exhaust system. So it can be done...
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I had the same problem and the same fix!

2007 Nissan Armada LE de-chromed through Plasti Dip, Moog HD rear springs, Bilstein 5100s highest setting, Daystar 1" rear coil spacer, and 325/60/18 Nitto Terra Grapplers on stock rims.
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Another thanks

Thanks for the write-up. Mine broke in the same spot while on a trip to NJ. I was able to jam the pipe back in, but it broke free a couple more times over the last few months. When I read about the possibility of burning up the wiring harness under there and possibly damaging the ECU, I bought your part suggestions and repaired it yesterday. I used a Dremel with an extension and cutting wheels (allowed me to get close to weld bead on muffler side of flanges). Putting the back up on ramps makes the job pretty easy space-wise.

Stock 2007 LE 4x4 Red Brawn
200k+ miles
Only issues: exhaust manifold leak, loose tailpipe, leaky front diff, front right wheel bearing
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