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Old 12-11-2009, 12:14 PM   #1
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Question 93' SC1 Catalytic to Exhaust pipe fasteners:Studs or nuts and bolts?

Looks like the wife's car sprung an exhaust leak after going through a deep puddle. The exhaust leak is coming form the flange where the catalytic converter meets the long intermediate pipe that goes to the muffler.

My question is this: Do the Saturn SC-1's use a stud and bolt or is this a nut and bolt setup? I'm hoping its a nut and bolt so I don't have to deal with any rusty and weak studs that might break off when I attempt the repair this weekend.

Any advice you might have would be greatly appreciated!

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Old 12-11-2009, 12:18 PM   #2
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Default Re: 93' SC1 Catalytic to Exhaust pipe fasteners:Studs or nuts and bolts?

IIRC its a bolt. But it may be rusted in there so bad its now a stud

Use LOTS of PB BLaster and get the torch ready

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Old 12-11-2009, 12:53 PM   #3
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The hacksaw, more likely. I think those are actually those funky inverse torx bolts, similar to the bolt heads for the seats. Mine were so rusted, I couldn't get any fastener on them, even after aprx. a swimming-pool-ful of PB. Be prepared to use a hacksaw or cutting wheel, pound out what's left, and replace with stainless bolts/nuts.

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Old 12-11-2009, 01:16 PM   #4
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Default Re: 93' SC1 Catalytic to Exhaust pipe fasteners:Studs or nuts and bolts?

Madpogue and RC1488,

Thanks for the responses. I'm glad to hear that its just a nut and bolt. I'm going to head over to the boat supply store to pickup some stainless steel hardware. I'll let you know how I made out.

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Old 12-12-2009, 11:17 AM   #5
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Just wanted to post an update on the repair I did last night to fix the exhaust leak where the cat and the exhaust pipe meet at the flange. The flange and bolts where rusted beyond the point of any sort of re-use. Replacing the flange gasket was the least of my worries as you can see from the pictures attached to this post. While I was at Autozone, I took a chance to see what they had in the exhasut repair section and stumbled across these split flanges. that worked out perfect. It took about 30-45 minutes to complete the repair. You can also get small pipe sections with flanges if you want more of an OEM solution without having to R&R the exhaust system. Below are the details of the part that I used for the repair from Autozone. I picked (2) of these for the repair.

Hope this helps others out there with a similiar situation.

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Autozone Part Number: 17169 $5.19
3A Racing / 1 3/4 to 2 in. laminated split flange

Features & Benefits:

These Split Flanges Are Fast Replacements For Burnt-Out Oe Flanges. They Eliminate The Need To Disassemble The Exhaust System To Slip On A One-Piece Flange
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Old 04-09-2010, 01:40 PM   #6
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thanks for listing the part info gbriceno, I have exact the same problem, just saved me a ton of hassle and cash. I now know what I'm doing this weekend

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Default Re: 93' SC1 Catalytic to Exhaust pipe fasteners:Studs or nuts and bolts?

Glad my post was able to help others out there.....

Post some pics to see how you made out. Best of luck!

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Default Re: 93' SC1 Catalytic to Exhaust pipe fasteners:Studs or nuts and bolts?

will post pics this week,unfortunately local autozone didnt have it in stock, went online will try to go to the next closest one tomorrow for pick up, on the plus side was able to get an oil change done, I forgot for a sec where the oil filter was again, it's been so long. Right now I have a handyman special on there, 3 inch waterclamps and galvanize sheet metal left over from an old venting project, just something to brace it to prevent damage, damn thing is still loud.

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