I’m exhausted!

Earlier this week found me researching repairs on the exhaust system of my 2008 Hyundai Tucson. It has been making noise for several weeks now and seemingly getting louder. Since it’s Winter here in Montreal and getting under the truck would be quite messy, the first thing I did was researched the exact configuration of the exhaust system from online parts diagrams and using the PDF service manual I purchased several months ago. From this research I figured that the leak might have been coming from one of the following areas highlighted in red.

Diagram of Hyundai Tucson 2009 exhaust system showing possible failure points.

However, as I did a bit more research and brought the truck into my garage (it was a rather snug fit), I was actually able to crawl under the truck and then discovered that the damaged area was actually in what they call the flexible joint in the front exhaust pipe as noted below:

After trying for about an hour to loosen the two front bolts at the catalytic converter shown to the left of the red square above, I gave up and realizing my limitations decided to bring the truck into a service garage this morning. The pipe I bought wasn’t going to work either as the flange at the end where the rest of the exhaust system is, was not at the correct orientation to connect to the muffler/resonator, so it was a moot point at best. As I type this I’m nervously awaiting a call to find out if I get my truck back today or if I have to wait until tomorrow some time, however I do believe I may have found a good mechanic close to work, which is a good thing.

As I wrote in another article, I may be up for changing vehicles again in the short-medium term, stay tuned for more news.


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