So the van had gone over some high snow/ice over this winter and it ended up stressing the exhaust to the point where the joint between the catalytic converter and the pipe going to the muffler seems to have split. All the steel seems like it's still good (although rusted) and I think it's just the top two bolts that were compromised. So I'm hoping to repair that joint without replacing any of the exhaust. But I've never touched the exhaust system before, so I'm hoping to get some direction on if what I think can be done can actually be done.
In short, I'm hoping to pull those rusted bolts and replace them. Looking at the parts diagram, there is a gasket in that joint. So a couple questions:
- Is there anything special about those bolts? Can I just go down to the hardware store and buy bolts?
- Is there anything special about that gasket? Do I have to get it from the dealer?
Clearly, removing those bolts is going to be..... interesting. But there are lots of videos about how to deal with horribly rusted exhaust bolts.