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Old 07-23-2012, 12:03 PM   #1
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2000 Saturn SL1 SOHC, 130K miles, original muffler (to my knowledge). My muffler strap fell off recently, and I need to install a new one. Anyone have a how-to on replacing it? Much thanks!

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Old 07-23-2012, 01:09 PM   #2
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Not much to it as far as I understand it. There is a slot in the body forward of the tank that the "T" end of the strap fits into which creates a hinge and a bolt at the other end of the strap that bolts into a threaded hole. There is also a plate the bridges between both straps which is held on with tabs that feed through the straps. Twist the tabs to straighten them and push them through to remove the plate from the strap.

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Old 07-23-2012, 01:37 PM   #3
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Ok. It appears that the muffler strap for the original muffler is rather hard to come by, and I've heard of makeshift muffler straps that work for the time being (plumber's strap being one of them). Would that work?

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My apologies, for some reason I read "gas tank strap" rather then "muffler strap". Please disregard my previous response.

Plumber strap would work in a pinch but something that is stainless steel will last longer if you're in an area exposed to road salt.

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Not to worry.

Other than the strap, what tools/parts are needed to complete the job?

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Old 07-23-2012, 08:47 PM   #6
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I just did a muffler strap replacement today, it was easy and straightforward. I didn't need to jack the car up, I just applied the parking brake. I used an OE part from GM dealership. The strap sold on rockauto and other parts stores are for aftermarket mufflers and will NOT fit the OE muffler. I bought a 13mm nut to accompany the strap since the it didn't come with one, and the guy at the NAPA store gave me a bolt, lock washer, and nut of some SAE size like 7/16 to hold the hanger to the strap. Any bolt will do as long as its thing enough to fit the opening and long enough to thread easily in a tight area.

The old strap was so corroded it just snapped when I tried to remove the nut. I never actually got the nut loose, even with PB Blaster, so I'm glad I got the new one.

Also, the hanger is a separate part, it's only $5 at the dealer, so make sure to pick one up if you need it.

Tools needed include :

-13mm deep wall socket -- to remove the tightening nut (only the nut moves, not the bolt head) if you are lucky enough to have a nut that hasn't ceased on you.

-Hands (wear gloves)

Also, you might find it easier to remove the left rear wheel while doing the job to free up space.

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