I have a 1992 Plymouth Acclaim. About 1500km ago (1000 miles or so) my muffler went and I think that was about the time that I started hearing the occasional rattle. I still heard the rattle after I got a new muffler.
No one saw anything loose except possibly my tailpipe, so I was told not to worry.
I was driving home today and I heard dragging, then screeching. Thankfully I was only a block from my house and in a safe place to stop.
So I stopped and a pipe that was inbetween my back wheels was half off. With my dad’s gentle touch, it fell all the way off.
It’s a pipe that was between the back wheels and parallel to the wheel axle. It’s about an inch in diameter and hollow.
It’s quite rusted on the side it broke off, so things haven’t been right with it for a long time. In the 1500km since the rattling started I haven’t had any problems.
So my questions are:
- What does this mystery pipe do?
- Can I drive a bit (under 100km) without it?