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Sounds like a "U" clamp let go or a hanger. If it's a U clamp, they are easy enough to install, surrounding the tail pipe with the clamp and screwing the bolts on both sides. If it's a hanger, you can temporarily secure the tailpipe with a coat hanger. Only other reason would be a break in the weld from mid pip to tail pipe. You would definitely hear this if that were the case and would need to have it re-welded.

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