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Subaru outback repair series: #1 fixing the leaking exhaust flange – Auto Repair Chat

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In this video I am working on a 2014 Subaru Outback 2.5 that came in with the all to common rotted rear exhaust flange. You can fix it a few ways and one of those ways is just to chopped out the flange and replace it with a sleeve pipe as I show in this video. - Enjoy!
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49 thoughts on “Subaru outback repair series: #1 fixing the leaking exhaust flange”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars David Love says:

    I did the exact same job with hose clamps and the exhaust glue stuff in October. Found the 2 1/8 id sleeve slipped right on and clamped

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars niflag says:

    Why wouldn't you just buy a $4 gasket and $10 spring bolt kit?

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Johnny Sechrist says:

    I see why yall stay busy…customers appreciate it when you save them a little $.

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Gary Gruber says:

    "two inch ID ID' You don't look Rastafarian to me..

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars uBoard says:

    I would rather sand down the other sides

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Pres Res says:

    Easy! But not trivial. Great video.

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Anakin Palpatine says:

    Is this the equivalent of using a soup can and a welder LOL

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Brian L says:

    I know next to nothing about car repair but I had a question. Why would you not just replace the exhaust gasket? Is it because of the corrosion. Sorry if the answer is obvious.

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Hugh Evans says:

    I've seen those couplers labeled 2" OD and 2" ID – so it is measured as an outside or inside diameter, slip on like a glove.

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Phil manwarren says:

    I have a 2006 outback it keeps blowing door lock fuse do you have a vid of you finding and fixing it ?

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Life of Dj says:

    Could you use clamps for those couplers? I don't have a welder.

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Gabriel Silva says:

    Hello Eric, how are you and family with of ( CORONA VIRUS ) Ojalá que bien,

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars BUZ1952 Z says:

    My first thought when you cut the pipe was Red Green, duct tape. If the girls don't find you handsome they need to find you handy.

  14. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Joseph D'Angelo says:

    Yeah I really like the fact that you tried to save people money instead of just throwing money at everything like a lot of the other shows do cheers to you. God I hate those guys that call everything budget builds and all they're doing is throwing money at everything well hell anybody can do that anybody can throw money at a project and get it accomplished yeah I'm venting

  15. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars insert good name says:

    Eric's channel used to be like this but after he stopped working on customers cars I lost interest.

  16. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Robert Robbins says:

    Battleship Grey my Dad always said! didn't what shade!

  17. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Timo Wallin says:

    It used to be that exhaust was in store as we used so much salt. Today its miracle if its in country (on some lonly hall). and reason is heat (makes rust free metal to rust magnet again) of welding i Q as aalways the leak today is around it…
    Anyways Nice sounding welder there USA made or something that do EU Shipping?

  18. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars ` says:

    What about a flex pipe for the middle there. Seen em around. Hell of a racket when they rot out tho.

  19. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars TheV6Guy says:

    Great video. In this case, wouldn't you use one 1/4 inch larger rather than expanding the 2 inch pipe?

  20. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Antonio Claudio Michael says:

    Been looking for a good exhaust pipe stretcher thanks for the link @southmainautorepairllc

  21. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Antonio Claudio Michael says:

    Good video Eric O

  22. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Gerry Moeller says:

    I did this same type of repair on a early 2000 Malibu using a 2 inch stainless steel band clamp that I think worked out great.

  23. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Cheap Smack Garage says:

    2"? I.D. I.D. oh!
    I.D. I.D. ay!
    This ain't Minnie the Moocher's ride, is it?

  24. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars William Dyckman says:

    Eric, my daughter has same car, so all info and tips are helpful to me !! Thanks !!

  25. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars chad harmon says:

    Uhh Eric when can I uncover my eyes 👀?

  26. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars daytonpyro says:

    does that welder use a gas? i tried to weld mine on the lowest settings and still burnt through..tips please?

  27. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars tony monastiere says:

    That was exhausting to watch!
    Where's the brake clean WHAAAAAAAMMM!?!

  28. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Terry Spooner says:

    Superb job. You make it look easy.

  29. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Logan Bates says:

    Always great vids man wish there was mechanic like u around here I would love to ask you a few questions about my grand am

  30. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Matt G says:

    Today was a bad day to wear headphones

  31. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars James Bruno says:

    Good enough for the girls we go out with!

  32. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jeff Bohn says:

    I've gotta get me a ball pein hammer!

  33. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Samuel Long says:

    you ll love it at ROSS!!! AND you ll LOVE IT at Levitts/ old department stores mottos!!! you may know unless these change names East of Mississippi as many companies change their names

  34. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jo Mon Potato says:

    You good Welder.

  35. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars synthpro says:

    I have been on overload watching all your videos, love your work! I wish more mechanics had the integrity and morals you have. I have my project cars being a 1976 Datsun 280z and a 85 Corvette but also spend lots of time with my friends 1978 Pace Car Corvette. Great videos and thanks for sharing your adventures with the world.

  36. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Reece Newton says:

    Years ago on my "78 Honda Civic, I replaced a long piece of the 1" pipe with some scrap 1" copper drain pipe. I used 45 degree elbows and soldered up the hump to go over the rear axle. lasted for years until I sold the car. Looked like a plumber did it.

  37. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars HazMatt Container says:

    What steps do you take to avoid frying the electronics when you are welding on a car? I know a guy who took out all 5 computers on a Saab when welding on it…

  38. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Wiserguy says:

    What is the issue with brake cleaner with chlorine? Apparently if there is no chlorine neither is there music. The whole underbody is coated in NaCl anyway so what's the problem?

  39. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars David Hall says:

    That one size fit all spanner is a really useful tool!

  40. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jonathon Van Meter says:

    Not gonna clear coat that paint job??!?!? Such a hack!! Unsubbing

  41. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars TEAC Fan says:

    Cuttin', hammerin', weldin', the classic SMA video!

  42. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars pospc2 says:

    Did this on my nissian i had about 5 years ago but was clamped. Worked fine for the time i had it. Not sure anymore since i haven't had it in 4 years.

  43. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mike Brade says:

    I was wondering i thought you were to disconnect the battery when you weld on a vehicle

  44. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Fix It 1975 says:

    You know what else would make that repair last longer? Move to a warmer climate. Good job giving her the beans with the pipe expander. Funny story, my buddy and I had our other buddies kid brother out in his van looking for a duct stretcher (think metal air duct), years ago. Poor Jimmy was out there close to a half hour before we let him in on our little prank. Good thing we didn't ask for the metric adjustable too

  45. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Eric S says:

    Is it safe to tack weld w/o eye protection?

  46. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars jas3118325 says:

    Did Subaru ever switch to stainless exhaust pipe like some of the newer vehicles

  47. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars spelunkerd says:

    It always amazes me at how versatile a general mechanic has to be, welding skills, mechanical, electrical etc. Surprisingly, the main area guys fail at are the business owner problems, which are a completely different skill set.

  48. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars 809Gunslinger says:

    ID is Inner Diameter

  49. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars splice247 says:

    He aint no body shop tech mama! Look at them paint'n skillz

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