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Urgent help needed-exhaust just fell off

Discussion in 'Bay Tech Clinic' started by yngaussielove, Apr 2, 2013.

  1. yngaussielove

    yngaussielove New Member

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    Hi kombi lovers,
    I'm not sure if this is the right place to post this but driving home from blues fest Byron-Sydney and about 75km out of Coffs Harbour our exhaust pipe just dropped off! It was a little rusted so not surprised.
    Anyway we spoke to our awsome mechanic at Indian automotive and he gave us the go ahead to keep driving slowly till Coffs Harbour.

    I am wondering if anyone knows the guys at midcoast volkswerks in Coffs or of anyone there that could urgently replace the exhaust. We are just trying to get in contact with people for a repair tomorrow.

    Has anyone got any thoughts or experiences replacing an exhaust with a non VW specialist? Is it risky?

    And lastly, looking at time and money how big a job is it?

    Any help would be greatly greatly appreciated!

    Thanks, Gill and Sam
     
  2. ruby6689

    ruby6689 Well-Known Member

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    Give Wally a ring at Mullaway General Store, he will know who can help, he's one of our members. 02 6654 1556
     
  3. cbus

    cbus Well-Known Member

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    beware of the huge difference in costs.
    Unlikely for a non vw place to have one. If its badly rusted its possibly not repairable but have it checked.
    grab some crc or similar penetrating oil and give the nuts a hit a few times tonite as nuts will prob be badly rusted. this may help tomorrow.
    If salvalgable most welding could be up to [or over]$100/hr

    I recon a vw place is more likely to do a patch or have another . Either s/h or resonable price.

    dont get into a situation of allowing an exhaust joint to try a repair without an estimate first.
    You may be lucky and strike a generous soul who will attack it and sympathise at the poor kombi owner or covertly like kombis but in general the franchise type joints are there to make a buck and repair times on something non standard[kombi] can be time consuming and hence cost more than expected.[or worth]

    If its on its last legs it may be difficult to do a satisfactory weld without a lot of time involved. Depends on the condition and break

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    good luck
     
  4. yngaussielove

    yngaussielove New Member

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    Thank you for all your help. We decided to push it abit and go to port Macquarie as we are on a time limit.

    Does anyone know any mechanics in the area? There is one on the mechanics map but doesn't seem to be a VW specialist?
     
  5. cbus

    cbus Well-Known Member

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    dont know any mechs but a servo or certainly a auto spares joint should have exhaust bandage . worth a try if no other options
     
  6. grumble

    grumble Well-Known Member

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    What engine are you running,I have a 2 litre engine in the shed with a stainless steel muffler on it in Taree. This may be a viable option.If you are stuck give me a call on 0408 025 845.
    Cheers Les
     
  7. vwfreak03

    vwfreak03 Well-Known Member

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    have used midwest when i came up from tassie on the way to the bus stop...as had a proband he found what it was within 5 mins (fuel pump)

    if i was you id stay put and let midwest fix the problem.......worth the wait.......get it done right the first time even if if have to pass up on a camp site you have already paid for
     
  8. sandyfeet

    sandyfeet Member

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    If you are still in Port give Brendan a call at Brian Clark Automotive. 65 810146
     
  9. yngaussielove

    yngaussielove New Member

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    Thanks for all the replies everyone... We ended up driving very slowly and very loudly back to Sydney to get it to our usual mechanic.. Thanks for the as usual awsome support from the kombi club :)
     

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