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How to Replace Front Pipe with Cat 97-01 Toyota Camry

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  1. step : Removing the Front Pipe with the Flex Pipe and Cat Converter (1:12)
    • Jack up and support the vehicle on jack stands
    • Remove the three 14mm nuts on the front pipe flange on the bottom of the exhaust manifold
    • Unbolt the two 12mm bolts securing the exhaust before the flex pipe
    • Remove the two 12mm bolts securing the exhaust hanger to the subframe
    • Lower and remove the exhaust
  2. step : Installing the Front Pipe with the Flex Pipe and Cat Converter (4:20)
    • Insert the hanger over the arm
    • Line the front studs of the exhaust manifold into place
    • Reinstall the two 12mm bolts on the hanger
    • Tighten the 12mm bolts with a socket and ratchet
    • Clean the surface before installing the new gasket
    • Insert the 14mm hardware into place and tighten the convertor to the pipe
    • Tighten the hardware as tight as possible evenly to seal the gasket
    • Attach a gasket onto the end pipe
    • Tighten the two 12mm bolts to the brace around the exhaust pipe
    • Tighten the 14mm nuts to the front pipe flange

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In this video we're going to be working with our 1998 Toyota Camry 2.2-liter four-cylinder. We're going to show you how to remove and replace your front exhaust pipe. This particular one is the style with the cat in the front pipe. However, the process should be very similar for the cat-less front pipes for vehicles that have the cat in the exhaust manifold. If you like this video, please click subscribe. We have a ton more information on this and many other vehicles. And if you need this part for your car, you can follow the link down in the description over to

Here are the items you'll need for this repair: 12mm sockets, 14mm sockets, ratchet, extension, 12mm wrench, 14mm wrench, penetrating oil, jack and jack stands

Raise and support your vehicle. We're using a lift to make it easier to show you, but this job can easily be done in the driveway on a jack and jack stands. Now, normally we would show you how to replace each individual portion of the exhaust, but our entire exhaust system right from the manifold back is rotted beyond the point of repair, so we'll have to replace the entire thing.

The first big issue we noticed is the flex pipe; it has rotted away. All this mesh is coming off and it's actually split in the middle. You can hear the exhaust leaking out of here when the vehicle's running. Now, normally we could change this front cat pipe, however there is nothing left on these flanges. The hardware that's in there isn't even recognizable anymore, so even if we did get these out and get new hardware in, the flanges are too corroded for us to be confident in them sealing correctly.

Our mid-pipe has the same issue. It’s rotted all the way back here at the muffler, so we can't expect this to come off and reseal properly either. And the muffler itself is completely rotting through the case on the side. See how soft the metal is there? So we have to replace our entire exhaust system.

Remove the three 14 millimeter nuts on the front-pipe flange at the bottom of the exhaust manifold with a 14 millimeter socket extension and ratchet. Unbolt these two 12 millimeter bolts, securing the exhaust right before the flex pipe with a 12 millimeter socket and ratchet. Now our bolts broke off, so we've got the bottom half of the clamp off here.

We'll have to find a way to remove the top portion of the hardware before we reinstall our exhaust. Remove the two 12-millimeter bolts securing the exhaust hanger to the sub-frame. Once you've got the bolts out, the hanger will slide right off the stud for the exhaust. Normally at this stage we would remove the hardware here at this flange. If yours is in good condition, you can do that and remove just the cat portion of the exhaust pipe, but again we have nothing left here, so we're doing our full exhaust.

Tools needed for replacement:

    General Tools

  • Jack Stands
  • Floor Jack

  • Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

  • Rust Penetrant

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Ratchet
  • Socket Extensions

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 14mm Socket
  • 12mm Socket

  • Wrenches - Metric

  • 12mm Wrench
  • 14mm Wrench

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