How much does it cost to fix an exhaust leak?
First, is the cost of shop labor.
Many shops in larger cities charge as much as $100 an hour for labor and will charge a minimum of one hour.
Then you may have the price of parts.
The average exhaust repair will most likely run between $200 and $300.
Is it OK to drive a car with an exhaust leak?
Driving with an exhaust leak is potentially dangerous as the fumes contain carbon monoxide. An exhaust leak can decrease fuel efficiency, causing your engine to work harder, and you to fill up your gas tank more frequently. A third sign your exhaust may be leaking is if your gas pedal vibrates while you are driving.
What causes an exhaust leak?
It is usually caused when one of the exhaust pipes or tubes gets damaged and starts to leak. When that happens, the fumes from the gasoline escape through any place they can. Sometimes, that place is in the cabin of your car.
How do you know if you have an exhaust leak?
A loud or hissing exhaust is a good indicator of leaks, but noise from the engine, your tires or your surroundings while you’re driving may cover up the exhaust noise. Pinholes that make little noise can form in places that are hard to see, such as on the top side of an exhaust pipe, muffler or catalytic converter.