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:
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.
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.