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Last week, out of nowhere my GF's 2009 Versa 1.6 Sedan started making loud rattling noises. Especially when the car is at a full stop and in Drive, it gets noticeably louder. I inspected and it is the muffler moving around. When you accelerate the exhaust is very loud as well.

The dealer inspected it and said the mid pipe has a hole due to rust. Which makes sense as we live in an area that snows in the winter and with tons of salt on the road. Since the issue is due to rust they said it is not covered under the Muffler warranty and quoted around $1150 to repair.

Should I just take it to an exhaust shop to get the hole welded or do you think I should just order a Walker brand exhaust from Rockauto/Amazon? We would like to keep the car for several more years, it is currently at 47k miles total.

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If you're wanting to keep the car for a while, I would probably suggest getting the new exhaust and make sure you give it some kind of protective coating. If you just patch the hole, you'll have to do it again, and again, and again, until you have no exhaust left. And then, you'll end up buying a new exhaust anyway

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Just the one hole? No problem!

Step 1 - Drink a can of beer!
Step 2 (Optional) - Drink two or three more beers in case you need a spare can...
Step 3 - Take an empty beer can and cut off the top and the bottom, then slice it down the middle.
Step 4 - Wrap your beer can piece around the exhaust pipe, covering the hole. Secure with two large steel hose clamps.
Step 5 - You are done! Bask in your girlfriend's gratitude of having fixed her car, and have another beer!

Note - A tin soup can tends to be a bit more durable than a beer can, but not as much fun.

Obviously I'm just being funny, mostly, on a nice car its worth fixing properly but depending on your time and available money and how scrappy the car is... I put a patch like this my girlfriend's brother's car like that 2 years ago and he is still driving around today like that happy as can be true story

Ok, I'm done
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Hello,

Last week, out of nowhere my GF's 2009 Versa 1.6 Sedan started making loud rattling noises. Especially when the car is at a full stop and in Drive, it gets noticeably louder. I inspected and it is the muffler moving around. When you accelerate the exhaust is very loud as well.

The dealer inspected it and said the mid pipe has a hole due to rust. Which makes sense as we live in an area that snows in the winter and with tons of salt on the road. Since the issue is due to rust they said it is not covered under the Muffler warranty and quoted around $1150 to repair.

Should I just take it to an exhaust shop to get the hole welded or do you think I should just order a Walker brand exhaust from Rockauto/Amazon? We would like to keep the car for several more years, it is currently at 47k miles total.

Thanks!
If the pipe you mentioned is the one that runs from the catalytic converter to the muffler, I had mine replaced for about $550 at an STS. The flange that connected that pipe to the muffler had totally seized up and could not be reused. You could also try a muffler shop just to get a ball park figure. Good luck!!!
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If you're wanting to keep the car for a while, I would probably suggest getting the new exhaust and make sure you give it some kind of protective coating. If you just patch the hole, you'll have to do it again, and again, and again, until you have no exhaust left. And then, you'll end up buying a new exhaust anyway
Hello,

Thanks for response! I am just going to do it right and replace the midpipe since car is in great condition overall. I am going to order the WALKER 56222.

Does anyone happen to know which exact bolts, springs and gaskets I need to order for this particular car? I assume there are two gaskets for midpipe to muffler and then midpipe to cat? Are the bolts/spring kit the same for both sides or do I need certain ones for each side?

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If the pipe you mentioned is the one that runs from the catalytic converter to the muffler, I had mine replaced for about $550 at an STS. The flange that connected that pipe to the muffler had totally seized up and could not be reused. You could also try a muffler shop just to get a ball park figure. Good luck!!!
Yes, it is that pipe. I am going to lift up the car tonight and take a peak when GF comes home just to be sure as I have trust issues with dealerships. What exactly is an STS?

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Yes, it is that pipe. I am going to lift up the car tonight and take a peak when GF comes home just to be sure as I have trust issues with dealerships. What exactly is an STS?

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STS was a company that ran a group of car repair shops in New Jersey. It has since been taken over by Mavis which is conducting business at the same locations. As I mentioned in my earlier post, you might want to go to a couple of muffler shops to get estimates for the repair. If you plan on tackling the job yourself, I would inspect the flanges you need to remove at both ends to insure that the bolts can be removed. In my case, the flange bolts and the flange itself at the muffler were rusted solid and could not be reused. Make sure that you have eye protection on when climbing around under the vehicle. The last thing you need is a piece of rust getting into your eyes.
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Update, I inspected the car today and indeed the mid pipe and flange of muffler is totally rusted and broken off. Just from touching it gently the rust was crumbling.

I ordered Walker Midpipe and Walker muffler. I got all the nuts and bolts, springs and gaskets. However, what bolts and nuts do I need that connect the muffler with the midpipe? Walker's website or even Nissan's Parts site strangely does not list it. :c(

Thanks!

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Update, I inspected the car today and indeed the mid pipe and flange of muffler is totally rusted and broken off. Just from touching it gently the rust was crumbling.

I ordered Walker Midpipe and Walker muffler. I got all the nuts and bolts, springs and gaskets. However, what bolts and nuts do I need that connect the muffler with the midpipe? Walker's website or even Nissan's Parts site strangely does not list it. :c(

Thanks!
Hopefully this will have what you're looking for ---> 2009 NISSAN VERSA 1.6L L4 Exhaust & Emission Parts | RockAuto

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If you are or can fix it +1 for rockauto. Otherwise as long as you want a stock exhaust those muffler shops like Midas are great and honest at that. They will do what ever is easier rather its weld it up or cut and replace. They typically have a selection of straight pipe and a computerized bender and just pick your car and it bends the pipe to shape.
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