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I've done some searching but haven't found what I'm looking for. I have an 03 1100 Silverado. The raised chrome exhaust covers / protectors - one of them has had the screw vibrate out and I'm not sure how to get it re-attached. I can't tell if I need to remove the whole exhaust, or if the chrome cover somehow can be removed from the actual exhaust pipe. Are there any how-to's or YT videos showing this? Or is it just a matter of loosening up the straps that seem to hold the chrome covers on the exhaust?
Is this making any sense? :)
Well - Yesterday I removed the exhaust, and as far as I can tell, there is literally no way to repair this. The chrome wrapping doesn't appear to be removable as far as I can tell, and the underside of the screw that has rattled loose is on the inside of the wrap.
Is there really no option here other than to replace the exhaust? This just doesn't pass the ol' sanity check. I feel like I must be missing something.
If I'm not missing something - what are some popular options for aftermarket exhaust?
pretty sure the heat shields are not repairable once they have come loose. you could warp it with exhaust wrap. if you are going to go with an aftermarket, i think you may need to get full exhaust or you could just replace with a used OEM pipe.
Yeah, I think you're right. I hate that the thing has rattled loose and there's just nothing I can do about it. Seems like a design flaw. If I could just get at the bolt head from the underside...grrr.
I guess I'll start looking for aftermarket exhaust or some used OEM's on ebay...
I tried grinding down and bending some long nose pliers to turn the phillips screw head but I couldn't get enough grip and it wouldn't budge. I packed it with aluminum foil to stop the rattle.
I appreciate the response. At least it confirms there isn't some stupid simple answer that I'm just not seeing. It looked like it might be possible to grab the threads and at least get a couple threads in there. Maybe that and a dab of jb weld might hold things in there .. at least for a bit.