Muffler pipe ? ('97 Honda Civic DX)

Discussion in 'Civic' started by Osei, Jun 17, 2005.

  1. Osei

    Osei Guest

    Hello, on of the cars I own is a 1997 Honda Civic DX sedan. Last night, I'm
    driving across the bridge from Washington D.C. to Arlington, VA when I start
    hearing the loud sounds you start hearing when your muffler isn't working
    properly. I also heard something that was obviously scraping across the
    ground under my car so when I got home I looked under my car and saw that
    the 'S' shaped pipe connected to the muffler was lying on the ground (one
    end is still connected to the muffler, but the other end is disconnected). I
    don't know much about car terminology and such, but connected to the end of
    the pipe going away from the muffler, there is also some wider,
    bottle-shaped object that was also disconnected and is laying on the ground.
    I remember getting my muffler replaced at Midas (or Meineke) a couple years
    ago and they suggested I get some pipe replaced in the near future... can
    anyone tell me what the problem is and what I need to do to get this fixed
    (e.g. will it just be the pipe I have to get replaced or will I have to get
    the muffler or some other parts replaced??). I'm asking now before I take my
    car to the mechanic... any advice is appreciated, thanks!!!
    Osei, Jun 17, 2005
  2. Osei

    Abeness Guest

    "Bottle-shaped object" is probably your catalytic converter--expensive
    (~$650), so don't let it drag on the ground! Wire it up with wire coat
    hanger in the mean time, so you don't damage it or do any more damage to
    your "Pipe A", which is also costly (~$400). "S-shaped pipe" is called
    the "Pipe B" in the 94 Civic (which I have), or "pipe plus resonator
    assembly" in aftermarket terms. Long sucker, connects the cat to the

    You're lucky, in a way--I couldn't disconnect my Pipe B from the cat
    (WAY too rusted together), and have been driving around with a nice new
    Pipe B *inside* my friggin car, which sounds like a a serious fart can
    right now with no muffler, until such time as I can get to the machanic
    to have them deal with it.

    I gotta say, the OEM pipe is NICE. ;-)
    Abeness, Jun 20, 2005
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