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January 17, 2006

Required Maintenance

My Pathfinder was making some noise last month, kind of a rattling. I had thought it was the last piece of heat shielding that I just couldn't get rid of, so, no problem, I'll just take it to Midas and get them to remove it. Well no, they tell me that it's actually my muffler and it needs to be replaced. Okay, it's old and I've spent a couple winters in a high-salt area, I can float the $300 for a new muffler.

No, actually it's closer to $700 because I actually have 2 mufflers (one's a resonator) and some gaskets. Hold on a minute, $700 because one of my mufflers is "broken". I said I'd think about it and get back to them.

When I got home I checked it out myself and it turns out that the muffler had heat shielding on it too! It was on there pretty well, so I couldn't remove the heat shielding on the muffler without really break the muffler, so I did what most red-blooded Americans do, Google.

Thank goodness I found an About.com article [about.com] describing just this problem. I was able to go to Home Depot to get some hose clamps and tie that bad boy down. Worked like a charm and I was able to save myself about $695!

Posted by Guy at January 17, 2006 7:16 PM