Flextite Pre-Formed Band Clamps Lap Joints
Exhaust systems are held together by clamps. Clamps are metal bands that are used to hold together the pipes in an exhaust system. Clamps and exhaust systems are made of stainless steel, or another high grade steel. We have clamps in a variety of sizes and varieties to fit most every exhaust system. Clamps prevent leaks and ensure that the exhaust sounds and fumes are properly routed away from passengers.
There are two main types of exhaust clamps: U-bolt clamps and band clamps. U-bolt clamps are the most common type, and they consist of a U-shaped metal band that is tightened around the pipes with nuts and bolts. Band clamps are a newer type of clamp that is becoming increasingly popular. They are made of a single piece of metal that is shaped like a band, and they are tightened with a screw or bolt.
Steps to Installing Clamps
Exhaust clamps are relatively easy to install, and they can be replaced if they become damaged or corroded. However, it is important to use the correct type of clamp for the application, as using the wrong type of clamp can lead to leaks. If you have questions contact Mike in the office 248-689-7373.
- Clean the pipes. Use a wire brush to remove any dirt, debris, or rust from the pipes where the clamp will be installed.
- Measure the pipes. Measure the distance between the pipes where the clamp will be installed. This will help you determine the correct size of clamp to use.
- Choose the correct clamp. There are different types of exhaust clamps available, so it is important to choose the correct type for your application. For example, if you are connecting two pipes of different diameters, you will need to use a step clamp.
- Install the clamp. The specific installation instructions will vary depending on the type of clamp you are using. However, in general, you will need to slide the clamp over the pipes and tighten the nuts or bolts until the clamp is secure.
- Check the seal. Once the clamp is installed, you should check the seal to make sure there are no leaks. You can do this by spraying water on the joint and looking for any signs of leaks.
Here are some additional tips for installing an exhaust clamp:
- Make sure the clamp is the correct size for the pipes. A clamp that is too small will not be effective, and a clamp that is too large will be loose and could come undone.
- Tighten the nuts or bolts evenly. Over-tightening the nuts or bolts could damage the pipes.
- Check the seal after the clamp is installed. This will help to ensure that there are no leaks.
If you are not comfortable installing an exhaust clamp yourself, you can always take your car or truck to a qualified mechanic.
Benefits of using exhaust clamps:
- They help to prevent leaks in the exhaust system.
- They ensure that the exhaust fumes are properly routed away from the passenger compartment.
- They can be easily installed and replaced.
Here are some of the factors to consider when choosing an exhaust clamp:
- The type of clamp (U-bolt or band clamp).
- The size of the clamp (to fit the pipe diameter).
- The material of the clamp (steel or stainless steel).
- The strength of the clamp (to withstand vibration and heat).
Exhaust clamps are an important part of the exhaust system, and they should be inspected and replaced regularly. By using the right type of clamp and inspecting it regularly, you can help to keep your exhaust system in good working order and prevent leaks.