How to Clamp a Muffler to a Pipe
- 1). Secure the muffler to the exhaust muffler hanger bolted to the rear frame of the vehicle. This process varies from vehicle to vehicle. But in most cases, the muffler has an L-shaped bracket welded to it. The L-shaped bracket slides into the muffler hanger.
- 2). Mate the muffler to the exhaust pipe. If the muffler slides over the exhaust pipe, purchase a U-shaped muffler clamp. If the muffler butts up against the end of the exhaust pipe, purchase an exhaust butt joint clamp.
- 3). Place the U-bolt from the U-clamp over the joint between the tail pipe and muffler. Slide the base of the U-clamp onto the threaded ends of the U-bolt, then thread both bolts onto the U-bolt. Tighten both bolts using a socket and ratchet. If you are using a butt joint clamp, skip this step and go to the next step.
- 4). Remove the bolts from the two studs connected to the butt clamp and stretch the butt clamp out. Place the clamp over the tail pipe and muffler. Push the muffler against the tail pipe and center the butt clamp in the middle of the joint. Secure the butt clamp to the exhaust by threading the nuts onto the two threaded posts on the clamp. Tighten the bolts using the socket and ratchet.