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Installing Your Car's Exhaust Made Easy

Nothing helps keep your emission gases in the allowable range like your car's exhaust system. But when this goes bad and all worn due to age and use, no time is to be wasted; it must be replaced immediately with a new one. This is important because running your car with a busted exhaust will result in a decrease in fuel efficiency, thereby increasing your fuel costs. Plus, toxic gases may find their way into the passenger compartment and cause different kinds of illnesses to those inside the car. Before these things happen to you, check your car's exhaust and replace the worn parts or simply replace the whole exhaust system. The whole installation process may take you around one or two hours.

Required skill level: Intermediate

Tools and things you'll need:

  • Jack and jack stands
  • A new exhaust kit
  • New hangers, if needed
  • New gaskets
  • Ratchet set
  • Preparing for the installation

    Make sure the car has cooled down before you start the installation process. Then jack up your car and give yourself ample space underneath. Make sure it doesn't move because you'll be working under it for an hour or two. Start disassembling the exhaust system from the rearmost part and work your way to the front end. Take down all the parts, including the hangers if they are also rusty and worn.

    Installing the exhaust

    Install the exhaust components starting from the front end of your vehicle and make your way outward toward the rear to complete the installation. At this point, we advise you not to tighten the bolts yet until you have all the pieces on. This will make it easier for you to make adjustments later. Make sure you use new gaskets and that they have the right diameter to prevent exhaust leaks. When all the parts are bolted in, check the alignment and do the necessary adjustments. After this, you can tighten the bolts to secure each part. Once you are done, start up the car so you can check for any leaks.

    Additional tip

    Depending on the type of hangers that came with the exhaust kit, attaching them first onto the new exhaust components before assembling the whole to the vehicle itself. Doing this will help you save time and effort.

    Exhaust Articles

    • Gibson and MagnaFlow Go Head to Head in the Exhaust Competition 11 January 2013

      A worn out exhaust system can be a pain in the neck-it causes fuel inefficiency, which in turn translates to higher fuel costs. Deciding on which brand of exhaust to replace it can also be tedious, since there are a number of factors you need to seriously consider. But seeing as most exhaust systems nowadays are made of sturdy and highly reliable stainless steel, you have one less factor to think about. We have a simple guide to help you decide between two market leading brands: Gibson and MagnaFlow:

      Sound

      Most drivers look forward to a distinct sound when purchasing a new set of exhaust-one that they want to be identified with themselves and their vehicles. If you are among these drivers, you will be pleased to know that Gibson exhaust systems offer moderate, aggressive, or stock tones. On the other hand, the MagnaFlow exhaust offers only a moderate throaty and drumming beat. Gibson offers a wider range of sound levels, which MagnaFlow doesn't have. But still, you are free to choose which sound will define your car's tone.

      Winner: Gibson

      Price

      Gibson exhaust systems are usually priced from 270 USD to 1,380 USD while the MagnaFlow exhausts cost from 310 USD to 2,000 USD. The price differences are quite substantial and may be a big deal for those with a tight budget.

      Winner: Gibson

      Warranty

      When it comes to warranty, both brands offer a lifetime limited warranty for their products. This gives assurance to consumers that the manufacturer will not be leaving you floating in the air when damages to their respective products occur prematurely.

      Winner: Gibson and MagnaFlow

      Product fit

      Both Gibson and MagnaFlow exhausts are direct fit, which means installing either of them will be quite a breeze.

      Winner: Gibson and MagnaFlow

      The overall winner

      Although both brands do very well in street applications, based on the above considerations, Gibson is a better choice for those who wish to get a more aggressive sound at a lower price range. But the key will still be choosing the one that you know will be able to satisfy your car needs and wants.