No one likes the smell of exhaust fumes, but unfortunately, it’s an unavoidable part of driving. Luckily, there are ways to clean the exhaust pipe on your car and minimize the number of fumes that come out. Here are several tips for how to clean the exhaust system on your car.
Clean the exhaust pipe with a brush and soapy water.
Use a brush with soft bristles to clean the exhaust pipe. You can also use a pressure washer to remove any stubborn dirt or grime. Be sure to rinse the exhaust pipe thoroughly afterward.
If there is any rust on the exhaust pipe, you can remove it with a wire brush or sandpaper. Be sure to apply rust-resistant paint or coating afterward to protect the metal.
Clean the inside of the exhaust muffler with a rag. You may need to use a small brush to reach all the way into the muffler. Be sure to remove any debris or buildup that could clog the muffler and cause problems.
Pour a can of Coca Cola into the exhaust pipe and let it sit for 30 minutes
The carbonic acid in the coke will dissolve the rust and buildup in the pipe.
- Baking soda can also be used to clean the exhaust pipe. Make a paste with water and baking soda and apply it to the pipe. Let it sit for 30 minutes before rinsing it off.
- Vinegar is another household item that can be used to clean the exhaust pipe. Pour vinegar into the pipe and let it sit for 30 minutes before rinsing it off.
- WD-40 can be used to loosen the gunk in the exhaust pipe. Spray WD-40 onto a rag and wipe down the inside of the pipe.
- A wire brush can be used to scrub away the rust and buildup in the exhaust pipe.
- A pumice stone can also be used to clean the exhaust pipe. Rub the stone over the affected areas to remove the rust and buildup.
- A commercial exhaust cleaner can also be used to clean the exhaust pipe. Follow the instructions on the cleaner to properly clean the pipe.
Pour a pot of boiling water onto the exhaust pipe
- This will loosen any built-up grime, making it easier to scrub off.
- Use a stiff brush to scrub the pipe until it’s clean.
- Rinse the pipe with cold water to remove any residual dirt and debris.
- Soak a rag in white vinegar and wrap it around the exhaust pipe.
- Leave the rag in place for 30 minutes to allow the vinegar to break down the grime.
- Remove the rag and scrub the pipe with a stiff brush.
- Rinse the exhaust pipe with cold water.
- Fill a spray bottle with diluted dish soap and water.
- Spray the mixture onto the exhaust pipe and scrub it clean with a brush.
- Rinse the pipe with cold water to remove any residual soap.
- Wipe the exhaust pipe dry with a clean cloth.
Pour 1/2 cup baking soda into the exhaust pipe and wait 15 minutes
Baking soda is a powerful cleaning agent and will break down the grime inside the pipe.
After 15 minutes, pour 1/2 cup of vinegar into the exhaust pipe. The vinegar will react with the baking soda and create a foaming action that will help to loosen the grime.
Use a brush or scrubber to scrub the inside of the pipe, then flush the pipe with water.
Repeat this process if necessary.
Use a vacuum cleaner to clean out the inside of the exhaust pipe.
Remove the vacuum cleaner bag and dispose of it.
Clean the outside of the exhaust pipe with a damp cloth. Wipe the area dry with a clean cloth.
Spray the exhaust pipe with a commercial cleaner designed for use on car exhaust systems. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for proper application and safety precautions.
Rinse the exhaust pipe with water from a hose. Allow the pipe to air dry.
Reattach the exhaust pipe to the car. Start the engine and let it run for a few minutes to allow the cleaner to work.
Turn off the engine and allow the car to cool. Inspect the exhaust pipe to ensure that it is clean. Repeat the cleaning process if necessary.
Spray WD-40 inside the exhaust pipe and start your car’s engine
The WD-40 will help to loosen the soot and carbon buildup inside the pipe. Let the engine run for a few minutes, then turn it off and let the exhaust cool before continuing.
Use a small brush to scrub away the loosened soot and carbon deposits. Be sure to wear gloves and a dust mask to avoid inhaling the soot.
Rinse the exhaust pipe with water to remove any residual WD-40 or soot.
Mix a solution of equal parts water and vinegar, and pour it into a spray bottle. Spray the mixture inside the exhaust pipe and let it sit for 10 minutes.
Use a small brush to scrub away any remaining soot and carbon deposits. Rinse the exhaust pipe with water to remove any residual vinegar solution.
Spray the inside of the exhaust pipe with brake cleaner. This will help to remove any final traces of soot and carbon. Rinse the exhaust pipe with water to remove any residual brake cleaner.
Your exhaust should now be clean and free of soot and carbon deposits!