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Ok I have been pretty tied up with work and I haven't even had a chance to touch the escort this week which was pretty depressing, I have some extra time this weekend and this is what my car needs to be completely fixed, so i can have it inspected and passed so it can be driven again.

new inner tie rod and tie rod end on drivers side
old muffler taken off and new one clamped in
old cat taken off and new catalytic converter bolted on

I was wondering if it would be worth it just to pay someone else to do it, or would it be time friendly and simple enough to do myself. I know for the muffler I would need new hangers and clamps, and the bolts on the cat look fine so I can reuse those. As far as the tie rods go your guess is as good as mine at the shape they are in, but I just ordered some replacement parts from rock auto for the tie rods.
 

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I took it in to get it inspected and they informed me of the holes and showed me, so thats why I gota get em fixed. Well there was a hole in the front of the cat about a scrape about 3 inches long. I just went to a junk yard around here and got a muffler and a cat for really cheap, that was off another 92 escort so I knew it will be a perfect fit and they are in basically new shape, no holes or anything.
 

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I allways say, it does'nt make sense to pay someone for something your perfectly capable of doing your self. As long as you have a place to do it, and some tools, go for it.

The tie rod's should'nt give you too much trouble, but I've never gotton around to doing my inner's yet.
The exhaust work should'nt be too bad. Where the stock muffer clamp is (you'll have to remove the rear tire) the muffler and pipe are gonna be seized together, you'll have to cut it. And the 2 bolts back up by the cat flange are gonna be rusted solid if they have'nt been removed recently. You might want a saw's all.
 

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Clamping works just fine, but less than desirable for some cars. Many prefer a good weld for a solid piece. The typical exhaust clamps actually pinch the outer pipe onto the inner pipe, making it hard to remove later. When I do my exhaust one day, I plan to use band-style clamps. They can connect two pieces of same size pipe and conforms to the pipe and doesn't crush it while making a good seal. The option to remove it will be left open with a solid, leak free exhaust.
 

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RattlerEscort said:
I just went to a junk yard around here and got a muffler and a cat for really cheap, that was off another 92 escort
u got a catalytic converter from the JY? i thought i was against federal law to sell a used cat?
 

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It is, but they still did it anyway. That law is so stupid, as long as you pass emissions it should not matter where your parts came from, unless they are stolen.
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mmm... always thought exhaust parts had to be welded/soldered in. They can be clamped ? How well does that last ?
Escorts came from the factory with the muffler clamped on. It all depends on what part of the exhaust system you are working on.
 

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If its really against federal law to sell a used cat.conv. - then I know a LOT of junkyards that dont know it, or dont worry about it - this in several states, not just one or two.
In some states they wont sell you a gas tank either, and my understanding is there are even states where they wont sell the air bag components.
Luckily I havent run into any of that.
Now if they would only let me take my oxy/acetylene torch into the yard with me.....
 

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NY won't let you buy salvage airbags and its the only state with that rule. The converter law is federal though.
 

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the junkyard I went to was speedway salvage about 30 minutes from me in IL. It's huge and they basically just set the whole cares there, they take off the wheels and set them in the trunk and put the car on axles that have been welded so u can crawl under the car if need be. They have so much stuff there I doubt they were worried about picking each part off but its awesome there. When I went they had prolly around 20 2nd gen escorts out there, so we basically just went around to each one and just picked and pulled what we wanted. I got muffler, cat, sun visor, gas cap, and something else small and it just cost 60 bucks. My bf got valve cover, egr valve and it just cost him 40 and he just sold the valve cover for 100 online. So if you are ever over there stop by its just 1 dollar to get in and its so much fun, just bring your own tools and make sure you don't lend them to ANYONE.
 

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Good advice. Lent someone a 15mm socket when was in UPnP. Never saw them again. Simple socket... not like a $20 tool or something. Think they'd have the common courtesy to return that.

Thanks for the info Low & Matt.
 

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Ditto for the info. I wonder if they have any early Hyundai Excels - so few of them are left. I may try to route us through E. St. Louis next month.
I lent a guy a socket/ratchet/extension at a PnP in Minnesota. He told me in spanish what he was getting, & I followed him to the car to help him unbolt the part. When I saw his pathetic tool kit I felt so sorry for him that I -gave- him the socket (a cheap 13mm that wasnt part of a set), but not my ratchet/extension. How can you possibly work on cars without a 13mm socket?
In that yard I have heard lots of Spanish, some Korean, and what I think was Arabic - but the only English I heard was in the office; "That'll be $40."
 
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