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Exhaust Hangers: Tips for removal/installation?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Hoopy Frood, Mar 20, 2018.

  1. Mar 20, 2018 at 6:41 AM
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    Hoopy Frood

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    Greetings! I'm needing to replace my muffler and tailpipe. There are three rubber hangers the muffler/tailpipe assembly slides into. I've never worked with hangers before. They're quite difficult to get the muffler/tailpipe support bars to slide out of/into.

    Apart from using a soapy water mixture for lubrication are there any tips you can offer to make the job easier?

    Thanks very much!
     
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    WD-40 use the red attachment spray in between rubber and hanger let it sit for like a minute easy peesy
     
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    I use a quick spray of a penetrating lube like PB Blaster, work the bushing forward/back a couple times then it should pop right off. If not, repeat one more time with a little more lube.
     
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    I second this, works EVERY TIME.
     
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    I just cut the old ones off What ever penetrate spray is handy But Silicone spray seems to be the best for installing new ones
     
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    I use PB blaster and a flat screwdriver that can be crammed into the gap between the rubber and the metal pin. Pry them off in in just a few seconds.
     
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    Thank you everyone for the replies! That is great info. Should be a snap. Cheers! :D
     
  9. Mar 24, 2018 at 10:03 AM
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    I had all on hand, but thought I'd try the silicone spray first. Totally worked on the first try! Thank you so much!

    Now I have to get the muffler off the intermediate pipe. And no matter what I do I can't get it off. Ugh. Time for a new thread I guess.

    Thanks again!
     
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  10. Mar 24, 2018 at 2:21 PM
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    Are you sure it is not welded

    It has been so long they all start looking alike
     
  11. Mar 24, 2018 at 2:37 PM
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    Yep. It was a u-bolt clamped connection between intermediate pipe and muffler. Got the clamp off but couldn't pull the two apart at first (but initial tries show it could move). A friends told me that it's not uncommon for some places to crimp the pipes when a u-bolt is used.

    I think that was the case in my instance. I'm going to update the other thread appropriately. But that spray silicone lube worked like magic on the rubber hangers at least!
     

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