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Canada Exhaust flex kit questions?

I have a 2008 Toyota Corolla model: CE made in Canada, made in October 2007, 5 speed manual transmission with 230 000 KM. Today I went into a local car mechanic repair shop for a regular oil change then the counter guy comes out and said I needed a flex repair kit. I asked is it stainless steel like the rest of my exhaust system and he said no. My exhaust is all original and does not sound loud, I did not get a chance to examine the car as I am really sick and do not have car ramps or a hoist.

In a couple days time I will get a second opinion from an honest back yard mechanic who I dealt with in the past but he no longer repairs exhaust systems but will tell me in the mean time if I have a problem or not as my MVI inspection is up next month (June) and it's every two years here in Nova Scotia.

My questions are (assuming I need a flex pipe):

Is it available from the dealer?
If so is it stainless?
What is the part #?

Is it available aftermarket in STAINLESS STEEL?
What is the brand name and part #?

If I go to a local self serve junk yard (there are two near me with very low prices) what tool sizes do I need?
Is the flex pipe separate or comes with another exhaust pipe?.
I don't have a breaker bar and these local serve serve junk yards do not allow torches, grinders or such.





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My US built 2004 Corolla with automatic transmission doesn't have a flex pipe. Not sure about 2008 Canadian models with manual transmission.

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Hi Sidney
I checked at Toyota Parts Direct .ca and it won't let me search for 2008 Corolla?!
Does any one else get that problem?

You might be ok with the non stainless steel for about 4 years. Will you still want to keep the car then?

The wrecker I would not do. 'What ya get is what you got' for that part.

Update: Just checked Alldata website and the 2008 Corolla automatic does not appear to have a flex pipe.

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You are either cutting and welding or removing and replacing the flex pipe. Assuming most of the piping is fine, you are better off having someone cutting and welding. If you do try to replace the entire pipe, be prepared for nonexistent nuts and bolts to remove.

Cut & weld = hard to do without welder
Remove & replace = hard to do without heat

I would just have someone cut & weld it. Your choice in the end.

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Hi Sidney

Just checked Alldata website and the 2008 Corolla automatic does not appear to have a flex pipe.
His is a manual transmission. My 2004 automatic doesn't have a flex pipe. I've never seen a 2008 from Canada with a manual transmission, so I didn't want to assume that ALL Gen 9 Corollas in the world don't have a flex pipe, as I know that there are sometimes variations for cars in other countries. After checking toyotapartsdeal.com, and filtering for a Canadian model with manual transmission, it does NOT show a flex pipe as a part of the exhaust. IF this is correct, then that repair shop was either:

A. Mistaken or got confused on which car was for which customer.

or.....

B. Dishonest (purposefully deceitful)

Hopefully it was option A, but if it was option B, Sidney might want to tell us all the name of that repair shop and, of course, never go to that shop again.

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Just reread OP's post.

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The 2nd trusted mechanic is your best bet. Takes 5-sec to look under and verify if there is flex pipe and its condition. Probably not available from dealer, they will mostly likely sell entire exhaust section that includes flex pipe. Yes, they are available in stainless and takes 30-min. to weld new one in if necessary.
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Just reread OP's post.

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Hope you feel better soon.
Good form, guys. Yes....I hope he will get better. Who cares about cars when you're sick as a dog?! Health is supreme.

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- ok, I'll ask...

- how did they manage to delete the flex-pipe from a FWD car?

- what am I not up-to-date on?



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- ok, I'll ask...

- how did they manage to delete the flex-pipe from a FWD car?

- what am I not up-to-date on?


Maybe the motor mounts, rubber exhaust hangers, & spring bolts take the place of a flex pipe? All I know is the Gen 9 Corolla automatic doesn't have one.

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- ok, I'll ask...

- how did they manage to delete the flex-pipe from a FWD car?

- what am I not up-to-date on?


I guess it could be that spring and bolt style instead of the flex pipe that could allow flexing but I am not sure.
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Maybe the motor mounts, rubber exhaust hangers, & spring bolts take the place of a flex pipe? All I know is the Gen 9 Corolla automatic doesn't have one.
- yep
- you sound right
- cool how they did it
- flex pipes always crack anyway after the mounts go

- now that I think of it, im sure when the mounts go the exhaust will now still crack..lol.. who knows..
- I do know that if you don't want to change that flex pipe, keep your mounts fresh...




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I guess it could be that spring and bolt style instead of the flex pipe that could allow flexing but I am not sure.
- ya..
- you're right..
- manny kit shows spring bolts:






- is this a toyota first (on cars)??














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- ya..
- you're right..
- manny kit shows spring bolts:






- is this a toyota first (on cars)??













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I wanna say I've seen it but I've not looked under a Corolla for a long time.

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I think that spring-loaded joint first showed up on 1998 8th-gen Corolla with 1ZZ.
Seems to be in-line with front & rear motor-mounts too.
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