Symptoms of Bad or Failing Exhaust Supports

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Underneath your vehicle are several series of different systems that keep your vehicle in fine working order, including your exhaust system which connects the metal brackets on the exhaust pipe and muffler to the undercarriage through the use of very thick rubber dampers. This exhaust support, or exhaust hanger, pulls all of the exhaust-related parts together and keeps them close and tight to the vehicle so they can avoid being damaged.

The vibration in this area of the vehicle can be immense, and the close proximity to the ground provides ample opportunity for road debris to jump up and attempt to knock the exhaust system off of its perch near the engine. The exhaust supports are a more flexible rubber instead of a solid steel to allow the exhaust some room for movement with the vehicle and also to provide a measure of cushion from road shocks.

Along with noise dampening, the exhaust supports protect the tailpipe and exhaust structure from being damaged – making this an important part to get repaired quickly. Here are some common symptoms that hint towards having failing exhaust supports:

1. Exhaust pipe loose or swaying

Anytime your exhaust pipe or tube is hanging low or looks like it is swaying beneath your vehicle, it’s time to check your exhaust supports to ensure they are still functional. They may only need to be adjusted, so check with a qualified technician.

2. Muffler hanging to the ground

A muffler that is literally dragging the ground is one that’s got a completely failed exhaust support – it may even have come completely off the vehicle. Either way, get the muffler checked out soon.

2. Exhaust louder than usual

There are several reasons why your exhaust may be louder than usual, but the jittering and moving around of your exhaust pipe when the support fails are one potential reason to explore.

While the exhaust supports are not a part of a regular maintenance routine, if you find need to replace the supporting parts of the exhaust system, it’s good to go ahead and replace the exhaust supports as well.


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Jeffrey

25 years of experience
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Jeffrey
25 years of experience
Honda Odyssey - Noise from engine or exhaust - Charlotte, North Carolina
Jeffrey nailed it. Other evaluations did not seem correct but his insight led to the correct diagnosis and complete repair. Thank you Jeffrey. Definitely will request him again.
Honda Odyssey - Noise from engine or exhaust - Monroe, North Carolina
Jeff always goes above and beyond to make sure we are satisfied with his work. We are pleased to work with him.

Travis

11 years of experience
312 reviews
Travis
11 years of experience
Mini Cooper Countryman - Noise from engine or exhaust - Saint Paul, Minnesota
It’s always been a great experience. Travis sorted the noise and listened closely for a recurrence. Then we discussed his next visit in a month or two for a serpentine belt replacement.
Mazda 3 - Noise from engine or exhaust Inspection - Minneapolis, Minnesota
Experienced, knowledgeable, and helpful. I had one of those "my car makes a weird noise" issues, and although of course I couldn't get the thing to happen while we zipped up and down the highway, Travis was thoughtful as he took in the details of my explanation of what I'd been hearing. He came up with a few different possibilities, ruled out a bunch of other ones, and by the time the shakedown drive was done we landed on a likely scenario that would explain things. Opening up the hood and checking the condition of a few filters, fluids, and plugs, Travis found some evidence that made the diagnosis even more likely. Now, I have a much better sense of what may be going on, some specific next steps in the plan, and a solid quote for additional work that needs to be done anyway - and going through the same process with the local garage might have taken days, and cost ten times more.

Walter

44 years of experience
64 reviews
Walter
44 years of experience
Honda Odyssey - Noise from engine or exhaust - Glenpool, Oklahoma
He educated me on what I needed to do to take care of my car. He is knowledgeable and so helpful! He’s the best!

Jeremy

18 years of experience
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Jeremy
18 years of experience
Volvo S60 - Noise from engine or exhaust - Boynton Beach, Florida
Jeremy G. was very skilled, professional and courteous. My regular/former mechanic was unable to diagnose the problem with noise coming from under the hood. Yesterday, when I was going to drop the car off for the day for the mechanic to check everything as he told me I must, he called in sick. I reviewed the top-ranked mechanics rated online and found YourMechanic. So glad I did! Jeremy G. came determined what the problem was, assured me I would not be charged until the problem was resolved. We made an appointment for today, Jeremy did the repair and showed me the burnt-out part from the car, which is now running smoothly and quietly! I checked the general cost for the same repair/parts replacement and YouMechanic's was comparative and with the bonus of the convenience factor, which is considerable. I would not hesitate to recommend Jeremy at YourMechanic's.

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