Plastic bag on exhaust pipes

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by ricardo381, Apr 22, 2006.

  1. ricardo381

    ricardo381 Guest

    2003 Legacy L SE Wagon

    I was driving on the freeway the other day when a plastic bag flew
    underneath my wagon. When I got home, half of the bag had melted onto
    the exhaust pipe underneath the engine. I was able to pull half of the
    bag off, but the other half was fused to the pipe. How can I remove the
    plastic bag remnants that are fused to the pipe? Can I just allow it to
    "burn off?" Any thoughts?

    ricardo381, Apr 22, 2006
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  2. ricardo381

    Frank Guest

    Scrape off what you can and let time and heat do the rest.
    Bag is probably polyethylene and there are no good solvents to use.
    Frank, Apr 22, 2006
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  3. A rotary wire brush or one of those Scotchbrite abrasive disks would remove
    most of it, but I'm inclined to go with Frank's recommendation - let the
    part that is really stuck "burn off."

    Michael Pardee, Apr 22, 2006
  4. Hi,

    I "caught" a plastic bag once, and used Frank's approach. It burned off
    fast enough!

    Rick Courtright, Apr 23, 2006
  5. What don't burn off you can scrape off with a putty knife
    when the muffler is STONE COLD.
    elevator farter #81, Apr 25, 2006
  6. ricardo381

    ricardo381 Guest

    It's been 4 days since the incident. It still smell some of the toxic
    fumes when my car is idle (at least the smell does not come in through
    the vents while my car is in motion). It looks like it's burning away
    nicely. I will check up on the progress again in a week and see if I
    can scrape off as much as I can. Thanks for all the input!
    ricardo381, Apr 25, 2006
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