Is it Safe to Drive With a Hole In Your Exhaust? | YourMechanic Advice

Is it Safe to Drive With a Hole In Your Exhaust?

The exhaust collects discarded gases from engine cylinders into one pipe. These gases are then delivered to the exhaust pipe where they are dissipated into the atmosphere. Driving with an exhaust leak is a dangerous because of potential fires, and the fumes you will inhale while driving.

Some things to watch out for include:

  • If your engine is making a popping noise or you hear a puffing sound that could mean a leak in the exhaust manifold. The exhaust manifold is part of the exhaust system that collects the exhaust, so with a hole in it, all the exhaust will escape. If you notice these signs, you should have your vehicle checked out by a professional mechanic right away.

  • A hole in your exhaust can allow the exhaust fumes to seep into the interior of your vehicle. This can expose you to carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide is a gas that can causes you to feel ill. Symptoms of exposure to carbon monoxide include: nausea, vomiting, cold, and flu-like symptoms. Prolonged exposure to carbon monoxide is hazardous for both children and adults and can potentially be fatal. If you smell exhaust fumes inside of your vehicle, have it checked out by a mechanic as soon as possible.

  • The exhaust helps to control the emissions that are released into the atmosphere. Having a hole in the exhaust can increase these emissions and harm the environment. Most vehicles have to pass emission tests, so a hole in your exhaust may prevent your vehicle from passing the emission test administered by the Environmental Protection Agency.

  • If you suspect a hole in your exhaust, you can examine the muffler yourself. With the car off and the parking brake on, look at the muffler of your vehicle. If you notice heavy rust, wear, or a hole in your exhaust, make an appointment with a mechanic to get it fixed as soon as possible. Rust on the outside can mean even more of a problem on the inside of the muffler, so it is best to have a professional look at it.

Driving with a hole in your muffler is potentially dangerous. Exhaust fumes leaks into the interior of your vehicle and exposes you and your loved ones to carbon monoxide. Furthermore, a hole in the exhaust pollutes the environment more than a properly working exhaust.


Next Step

Schedule Exhaust fume odor in car Inspection

The most popular service booked by readers of this article is Exhaust fume odor in car Inspection. Once the problem has been diagnosed, you will be provided with an upfront quote for the recommended fix and receive $20.00 off as a credit towards the repair. YourMechanic’s technicians bring the dealership to you by performing this job at your home or office 7-days a week between 7AM-9PM. We currently cover over 2,000 cities and have 100k+ 5-star reviews... LEARN MORE

SEE PRICING & SCHEDULING

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Recent Exhaust fume odor in car Inspection reviews

Excellent Rating


YourMechanic Exhaust fume odor in car Inspection Service

Average Rating

4.8/5

Number of Reviews

39

Rating Summary
36
1
0
2
0
36
1
0
2
0

Sean

16 years of experience
111 reviews
Sean
16 years of experience
Chevrolet Equinox - Exhaust fume odor in car - Arlington, Virginia
Sean was very kind and honest. For a first time customer of Your Mechanic, working with Sean was a very pleasant experience.
Honda Civic - Exhaust fume odor in car - Annandale, Virginia
Great guy very informative and knowledgeable

Mazyar

7 years of experience
302 reviews
Mazyar
7 years of experience
Ford Escape - Exhaust fume odor in car - Stone Mountain, Georgia
Did a great job....and great demeanor too. Thanks....I did feel a little sheepish not finding that oil cap!

Josh

15 years of experience
51 reviews
Josh
15 years of experience
Saturn L300 - Exhaust fume odor in car Inspection - Naples, Florida
Josh told me exactly what was wrong with my car and the repair was done quickly and even got something better to fix my problem. I am satisfied with his work.

Noe

35 years of experience
604 reviews
Noe
35 years of experience
Honda Accord - Exhaust fume odor in car - Auburn, Washington
Very knowledgeable. Found my problem right away. I plan on using Noe on all my cars. Thanks again Noe.

Need Help With Your Car?

Our certified mobile mechanics make house calls in over 2,000 U.S. cities. Fast, free online quotes for your car repair.

GET A QUOTE

Related articles

How to Replace an Exhaust Air Supply Tube
The exhaust system depends on a fresh air supply to function properly. A bad exhaust air supply tube can lead to increased emissions or exhaust leaks.
How to Replace a Muffler
As As cars and trucks travel down the road, they all have a different sound that emits from the exhaust. There are so many factors that come into play when it comes to the sound an exhaust makes: the design...
How Serious Is It When a Hose Is Leaking?
A leaking hose in your car could indicate different problems. Some leaking hoses are more serious than others, but all should be checked and repaired.

Related questions

Check engine light came on and driver smelled gas

This is a known issue in many of the Audi's. An epoxy fix, as you may know, is a very tricky and somewhat of a gamble-type of fix. There is a chance it may hold for a very long time and there...

Oil leaks into coolant & coolant leaks into oil

If the engine is not overheating or running badly, then yes an oil cooler is most likely the issue as it it will allow oil and coolant to mix. Other possibilities are a bad cylinder head gasket or cracked block,...

How to get to the windshield washer reservoir.

Your washer fluid reservoir is located in the right (passenger) side of the vehicle. To access the tank for removal/replacement, you must remove the right fender liner which is the black plastic that surrounds the interior of the wheel well....

How can we help?

Our service team is available 7 days a week, Monday - Friday from 6 AM to 5 PM PST, Saturday - Sunday 7 AM - 4 PM PST.

1 (855) 347-2779 · hi@yourmechanic.com