Jeep Wrangler JK Exhaust System
Maintenance Tips for the Jeep Wrangler JK Exhaust System
Maintaining the exhaust system of the Jeep Wrangler JK is a no-brainer. Aside from keeping highly toxic exhaust gas away from the engine and interior cabin, it also minimizes the noise from the engine. And without proper maintenance, your truck's exhaust components will start to break down and result in serious safety and performance issues. In this guide, we'll share some effective maintenance tips for Jeep Wrangler JK exhaust systems.
- Use foil to track down leaks in the exhaust pipe.
Having trouble finding the source of the leak in your exhaust pipes? Try wrapping it in aluminum foil. Covering the pipes and other exhaust components will muffle the noise, and when you wrap foil over the source of the leak, you will immediately notice a huge reduction in sound. Also, since aluminum foil is inflammable, there is no risk of it catching fire when it contact with hot exhaust components. Just make sure to wear thick, heat-resistant gloves while doing so.
- Remove rust from exhaust pipes with vinegar and baking soda.
The location of the exhaust pipes underneath the Jeeps means it is constantly exposed to mud and moisture, so it's no surprise that it is among the parts that often get corroded. And while there are many commercial rust removal products available, you can clean rust from pipes with a combination of vinegar and baking soda. Spray a mixture of 10 ounces of vinegar with three ounces of baking soda onto the rusted areas and scrub immediately with a wire brush. Spray more of the vinegar and baking soda solution and let it soak for at least 45 minutes and wipe with a towel. Repeat as necessary to remove any rust residue.
- Make sure all the bolts are tightened properly.
The bolts that secure the muffler and exhaust pipe tend to become loose over time due to heat expansion, so make sure to check the bolts regularly if they are tightened properly. You should also take note of any rattling sounds coming from the pipe while driving, as this might indicate that one of the bolts is loose and that the pipe is hitting one of the metal components underneath the truck.