How to Replace an Exhaust System

Below guide will teach you How to Replace an Exhaust System . Please follow the instructions carefully.

Things You’ll Need:

  • Flashlight
  • Floor Jack
  • Scraper
  • Socket and Ratchet Set
  • Tap and Die Set
  • Jack Stand
  • Pry Bar
  • 3/8 in. Drive Ratchet
  • Exhaust Gasket
  • Exhaust Pipe
  • Mirror
  • Muffler
  • Tail Pipe
  • Penetrating Oil

Estimated Costs:

  • DIY Costs: Est. $362.67 parts only
  • Shop Costs: Est. $697.97 parts and labor


  • Park the vehicle on a flat surface.
  • Raise the vehicle on floor jacks and support all the four corner of the vehicle on jack stands. This will ensure your safety while working underneath the vehicle as you cannot trust on floor jacks for your safety.
  • Observe the whole exhaust system closely to find any visible signs of damage. Any signs of rust, cracks, or other damage mean you need to replace the whole exhaust system with a new one.
  • Take a floor jack and secure the exhaust system over it.
  • Start your work from the rear of the vehicle and make your way to the front of the vehicle and replace any damage component in between them.
  • In case your vehicle has oxygen sensors installed in it, remove them before starting your work. Wrap the tips of the sensors or discard them to make certain that these will not get polluted.
  • Discard the exhaust components from exhaust hangers and take the components out of the vehicle. It is suggested to replace the old exhaust gaskets with new ones during the installation process.
  • Take a new exhaust system and fix it by reversing the steps.
  • Remove the jack stands and ground your vehicle. Take a small drive to make certain that the new exhaust system function properly.

Tips & Warning

  • Always use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to prevent injuries while working on your vehicle such as safety goggles, latex gloves, and closed toe shoes.

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