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Exhaust System Leaks, Repair & Replacements

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When it comes to muffler replacement and repair, finding a dependable mechanic is important. However, affordability is also a major concern for many car owners. That's why our mechanics offer competitive prices for both muffler repair or complete replacement. 

Apart from mufflers and catalytic converters, there may be several other components of your exhaust system requiring repair or replacements due to wear, damage, or corrosion. Whether you need to replace an exhaust pipe, weld an exhaust component or remove and replace the entire exhaust system (highly unlikely), why pay as much as $1000 only to find out that you really needed a $500 catalytic converter? Or better yet a $100 weld? We can help you decide what exhaust repair is needed and how much it will cost before any work is done. Contact your location for a great price on exhaust repair for your car, truck or SUV today!

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What Is An Exhaust Leak? An exhaust leak is a hole in your exhaust system, muffler, pipe, manifold or another way for exhaust fumes to leak into the interior of your vehicle rather than exit the exhaust pipe at the rear. Numerous toxins created in your engines combustion and exhaust system can harm occupants in the vehicle before the fumes get a chance to escape the interior. Exhaust leaks can also increase fuel consumption and decrease performance. If an exhaust leak is present, your exhaust may be louder than usual and cause further damage to your catalytic converter.

Where Does Exhaust Leak From? Although an exhaust leak can happen anywhere in the exhaust system, a few common spots include:

  • Exhaust valve: Internal engine parts pushing exhaust fumes from the combustion chamber to the exhaust manifold.

  • Exhaust manifold: Exhaust fumes from the piston to the catalytic converter.

  • Catalytic converter: Converts some toxins to carbon dioxide (CO2) and water for cleaner emissions.

  • Exhaust pipe: Sending cleaner exhaust fumes to the muffler.

  • Muffler: Reducing combustion noise and pollution.

  • Tailpipe: Exhaust fumes exit the vehicle.

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Can I Drive With An Exhaust Leak? Considering the toxic situation, driving with an exhaust leak is not safe - especially being in a contained space such as inside your vehicle. Not to mention, carbon monoxide is a silent killer and will greatly impair driving ability and pose serious health risks.

If you notice any warning signs that suggest an exhaust leak repair schedule a visit with our local mechanic and we will diagnose whether an exhaust leak is present with an affordable fix so you can drive clean.

What Does An Exhaust Leak Sound Like? An exhaust leak usually has a distinct ticking or pinging sound. This ticking or pinging can especially be heard on hard acceleration or cold weather driving. In addition, you may experience your vehicle lacking in power, acceleration and performance.

Our mechanic can diagnose your complete exhaust and determine whether you need an exhaust leak repair, other exhaust problems or muffler service.


More Than Just An Exhaust Repair Shop

Some of the most common exhaust system repairs we fix at affordable prices, include:

  • Exhaust Pipe Repair: Exhaust pipes can corrode or develop holes over time, leading to leaks. We may need to repair small holes or replace entire sections of the exhaust pipe if the damage is extensive. (Exhaust pipe repair symptoms include: loud hissing or popping noise and increased exhaust smell).

  • Exhaust Manifold Leaks: The exhaust manifold collects exhaust gases from the engine's cylinders. Cracks or leaks in the manifold can cause loud noises and decrease engine performance. Repairs may involve welding the cracks or replacing the manifold. (Exhaust manifold repair symptoms include loud ticking or puffing sound and decreased engine performance).

  • Oxygen Sensor Replacement: Oxygen sensors monitor the amount of oxygen in the exhaust gases to ensure proper fuel-air mixture. Faulty sensors can cause decreased fuel efficiency and increased emissions. Replacement of oxygen sensors is a common repair. (Faulty oxygen sensor symptoms include the check engine light and poor fuel efficiency).

  • Exhaust Gasket Replacement: Gaskets seal the joints between exhaust components, preventing leaks. Over time, gaskets can deteriorate, leading to leaks and noise. Replacing the gaskets can solve this issue. (Exhaust gasket replacement symptoms include loud rumbling noise and visible soot or black residue).

  • Resonator Repair & Replacements: Resonators are chambers in the exhaust system that reduce noise. They can rust or develop holes, affecting the vehicle's noise level. Repairs may involve patching holes or replacing the resonator. (Resonator repair symptoms include increased exhaust noise and rattling sounds).

  • Replacing Exhaust Hangers and Mounts: Hangers and mounts secure exhaust components to the vehicle's chassis. Rust or wear can cause these parts to break, leading to loose or hanging exhaust components. Replacing hangers and mounts ensures proper support for the exhaust system. (Exhaust hanger and mount replacement symptoms include visible hanging or sagging exhaust components and metal on metal clanking).

  • Exhaust Flange Repair: Flanges connect exhaust components and can develop leaks over time. Welding or replacing damaged flanges is a common repair. (Exhaust flange repair symptoms include loud roaring sound and visible black streaks).

  • Exhaust Heat Shield Reattaching or Replacing: Heat shields protect the vehicle from the high temperatures of the exhaust system. They can rust and become noisy or loose. Repairs involve reattaching or replacing the heat shields. (Heatshield replacement symptoms include rattling noise and burning smell).

  • Tailpipe Replacement: Tailpipes can rust or corrode, especially in areas with harsh weather conditions. Replacing the tailpipe is necessary if there's extensive damage. (Tailpipe replacement symptoms include visible rust, holes or cracks and loud exhaust noise).

  • Exhaust Clamp Tightening / Replacement: Clamps hold exhaust components together. Rust or wear can cause them to loosen, leading to leaks. Tightening or replacing clamps resolves this issue. (Exhaust clamp issues include exhaust leaks and shaking exhaust components).

Regular maintenance and prompt exhaust repairs are crucial to ensuring the exhaust system functions properly, minimizing noise, emissions, and the risk of harmful fumes entering the vehicle. If you notice any unusual noises, odors, or decreased performance, it's essential to have your exhaust system inspected for repair.


Exhaust Pipe Repair Process & Cost


  • Diagnosis: Our experienced technicians inspect the exhaust system thoroughly, identifying the location and extent of the damage in the exhaust pipe.

  • Cutting and Removal: Damaged sections of the exhaust pipe are carefully cut out and removed, ensuring a clean edge for the new pipe.

  • Fitting the Replacement Pipe: A new exhaust pipe section is precisely fitted and welded into place, ensuring a secure connection.

  • Welding and Sealing: Skilled welding techniques are employed to weld the new pipe securely, followed by sealing the joints to prevent leaks.

  • Quality Check: The repaired exhaust pipe is inspected for proper alignment, secure welding, and absence of leaks.


The cost of repairing an exhaust pipe varies based on factors such as the extent of the damage, the type of vehicle, and the specific repair techniques required.

  • Parts: Replacement exhaust pipe sections can range from $50 to $200 or more, depending on the type and quality of the pipe.

  • Labor Costs: Welding and fitting a new exhaust pipe can take a few hours of skilled labor. Labor costs typically range from $150 to $400 or more, depending on the complexity of the repair.

  • Additional Repairs: If the damage extends to other exhaust components, such as the muffler or catalytic converter, additional repairs might be needed, impacting the overall cost.

Give us a call about your specific vehicles exhaust pipe repair and cost.


Oxygen Sensor Replacement & Cost


  • A diagnostic scan to identify the faulty sensor.

  • Locating the sensor: either in the exhaust manifold or the exhaust pipe typically from underneath the vehicle.

  • Removal and installing: Special tools and sometimes, penetrating oil is used to loosen and remove a sensor that might be stuck due to heat and corrosion. We then install the new sensor carefully threaded into place and crucial not to not overtighten.

  • Securing Wiring: The wiring harness is connected to the new sensor, ensuring it's properly secured to prevent any damage while driving.

  • Testing: After installation, the engine is started, and we check for proper voltage and signal output. This ensures the new sensor is functioning correctly.


The cost of replacing an oxygen sensor can vary widely based on several factors, including the make and model of your vehicle, labor costs in your area, and whether you're using an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) sensor or an aftermarket sensor.

  • OEM Sensor: OEM sensors, made by the vehicle's manufacturer can range from $50 to $200 or more, depending on the brand and your vehicle's specifications.

  • Aftermarket Sensor: Aftermarket sensors are generally more affordable, ranging from $20 to $100. They are designed to meet or exceed OEM specifications.

  • Labor Costs: Oxygen sensor replacement usually takes about 30 minutes to an hour per sensor. So, labor costs can range from $50 to $150 or more per sensor.

Call us for an oxygen sensor replacement quote based on your specific vehicle.


Exhaust Manifold Leak Repair & Cost


  • Diagnosis: Our technicians perform a thorough inspection to locate the source of the exhaust manifold leak, checking for visible signs of damage and listening for hissing or popping noises.

  • Removing the Exhaust Manifold: The damaged manifold is carefully removed using specialized tools, ensuring no further damage is caused during the process. 

  • Surface Preparation: Both the manifold and the engine block surfaces are cleaned and prepared for a proper seal. 

  • Installation of New Gaskets: High-quality gaskets are installed to create a tight seal, preventing exhaust leaks.

  • Tightening and Testing: The manifold is securely tightened to the engine block, and the engine is started to check for any remaining leaks or unusual sounds.


The cost of repairing an exhaust manifold leak depends on various factors, including the vehicle's make and model, the extent of the damage, and labor costs at our location.

  • Parts: Exhaust manifold gaskets typically range from $20 to $100, depending on the quality and compatibility with your vehicle.

  • Labor Costs: Repairing an exhaust manifold leak involves several hours of labor. Labor costs can vary but generally range from $200 to $500 or more, depending on the complexity of the repair. 

  • Additional Repairs: If the leak has caused damage to other components, additional repairs might be needed, impacting the overall cost. 

For a precise exhaust manifold leak repair quote tailored to your specific vehicle, please contact us. Our mechanics will assess the damage and provide you with an accurate estimate for the repair services needed.

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