My exhaust pipe in my 2007 maxima has a crack about an inch outside of a flex pipe, and the repair cost is more than the car is worth to me.
The 2 pipes are totally separate, but right next to each other. I was thinking of buying an exhaust coupler that is slightly bigger on one end, and place the smaller part into the end of the flex pipe, and the larger end over the cracked pipe, and seal it with muffler putty.
Firstly, do you think this will work? My car sounds like a rocket on wheels now and the main objective is to get rid of most of the noise. Emissions isn't a problem for me.
Secondly, the only real way for my to insert the coupler into the flexpipe side, is to slightly bend the flex pipe, a pipes-width width so the I can slide it in. Can I bend it that much or will it break? Keep in mind that the bolts holding the flanges together are completely rusted over.
If you can suggest a enter method of fixing this without welding, I'd be open to that as well.