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Tail Pipe Replacement on a 72 VW Beetle

Need suggestions for removing the tail pipes from the muffler. The tail pipe clamps were easily removed. However, the tail pipes themselves appear to be seized. Thanks.

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Heat the area by the muffler with a torch. Try not to heat the tail pipes themselves. Then take a pair of channel locks and wiggle them out.

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