I have an 89 Aerostar that has to pass one more emissions inspection
before I can retire it. The car's muffler has rotted out, though -- the
bottom of it has a long hole in it that's started to separate (no wonder
it's noisy these days).
Is there anything I can do outside of replacing it either professionally
or by myself? It'll cost almost $200 to get fixed by my local guy and I
really don't want to put any more money into it than I have to: I'm
planning on retiring it come Spring. Duct tape? :)
Your "local guy" is taking you for a RIDE. I had a muffler put on our 89
Aerostar down in Syracuse, NY at Cole Muffler for under $32.00 installed,
taxes inc., for a 1 yr. warranty... the Lifetime warranty muffler was about
$48.00 installed, taxes inc.
From a Ford Forum:
FYI for those considering Aerostar rear muffler replacement: Some personal
experience to share.
After 4 years service, the original Ford rear muffler was a rusted hulk.
Ford muffler;$162.73, quite a chunk of change. Aftermarket (AutoZone) had
only one listed, a cylindrical unit rather than the flatter original style.
What was truly amazing was the price: $19.95 in (coincidentally) 1995. I
figured it had to be a wrong price in the computer but I took it and ran.
That 'cheapie' unit lasted 7 years.
Again faced with replacement, an original style unit is now available,
$78-104, from aftemarket suppliers. Surprisingly, that old, 'cheapie' model
is still available, but the price has shot up an incredible $0.04 cents in
the interim. Still the exact unit, by Walker Manuf.(part# 18629), available
at Advance Auto Parts but not AutoZone or Checker.
On the extended version Aerostar, this unit bolts nicely in place, is as
quiet as the original and for the longevity and price, a great value. (Note:
this is NOT a 'cherry bomb' style muffler. This one is approx. 8-9" in
diameter and 30" in length. How anyone can manufacture, ship and retail a
unit this size for less than $20.00 is beyond me.)
For all of Advance Auto Parts selection of mufflers for your car...
Your local guy probably only heard "I would like to $$$fix$$$ the muffler"
and therefore quoted you the price to mend the hole (ie: weld; ie: more
instead of replacing it. (Less money in his pocket)
Go somewhere else, preferrably a muffler shop and have it done at a
cheaper, reasonable, and less scheisteristic (is that a word? hehe) shop.
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