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How to Remove an Exhaust Flex Pipe

Updated February 21, 2017

An exhaust flex pipe on your vehicle is designed to give the exhaust pipe more flexibility and freedom to move. Many engines are designed to sit sideways in the engine compartment, as a result creating torque on the exhaust pipe when the engine is running. The flex pipe is attached to the exhaust pipe with just a few parts and you can save time and money by removing the part yourself.

Set the parking brake of the vehicle and place a wood block in front of one of the front wheels. Unfasten the negative battery cable of the vehicle from the battery post with an open-end wrench.

Lift the back end of the vehicle up on the drivers side with a floor jack and slide a jack stand under the rear axle next to the drivers side wheel. Lower the floor jack and set it out of the way.

Unfasten the two nuts that secure the exhaust flex pipe underneath the vehicle to the exhaust converter with a socket wrench. Take the gasket off the flex pipe and set it aside.

Disconnect the two nuts that secure the exhaust flex pipe to the metal exhaust pipe with a socket wrench. Detach the rubber exhaust hangers from the mounting hooks with a screwdriver and slide the flex pipe off the mounting hooks.

Remove the gasket from the exhaust flex pipe and set the flex pipe out of the way.

Warning

To avoid burns, let the exhaust pipe and muffler cool down before attempting to remove the exhaust flex pipe.

Things You'll Need

  • Wood block
  • Open-end wrench
  • Floor jack
  • Jack stand
  • Socket wrench set
  • Screwdriver
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Carl Pruit has been a freelance writer since 2005, specializing in service journalism and travel. His work has appeared on various websites. Born and raised in California, Pruit attended Contra Costa Community College in San Pablo, Calif. and received an associate degree in the administration of justice.