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Can't remove snowblower muffler rusted in place

I have an ancient snowblower the "barrel-like" muffler of which screws directly into the side of the engine and is rusted into place. Have tried spraying where the threads enter the side of the engine with "Liquid Wrench" and, later, WD-40, lightly tapping the inlet pipe with a wrench while spraying so that the vibration will help the liquid penetrate, but I still can't get the muffler/pipe to unscrew even a millimetre. Can anyone give me some tips? Have heard that "naval gel" is good for such situations, but searching for that turns up nothing on hardware chain search engines. Thanks

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  • John Jan 10, 2013

    Have tried Liquid Wrench Super Penetrant and, later, transmission fluid & acetone to no avail. Will now just cut the muffler pipe an inch beyond the threads and have a welder braze a new muffler to the "leftover" piece of pipe - should have thought of that first and saved myself $20. Thanks for looking.

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  • John Jan 18, 2013

    Thanks for the advice; however, tried that previously in a diff situation and found that Liquid Wrench was more effective.

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