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How long should a flex pipe last

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The exhaust flex pipe connect the engine and exhaust system. It transports exhaust gases and absorbs the vibrations produced by the vehicle when driving. By keeping the exhaust system from shaking too much, the pipe helps other exhaust parts last longer.

A cracked or leaky pipe not only makes driving harder but it may also damage other parts of the vehicle. Also, if driving with a hanging flex pipe, the damaged part will noisily drag across the road surface. It can even throw out sparks that may ignite fuel vapor or fragments and can damage your vehicle’s underside.

So knowing the lifetime of the exhaust pipe and replace it in time is very important.


Usually the flex pipe should last 200,000 miles, or less than 9 months, exhaust flex pipe shall be replaced, depending on the environment & driving conditions.

If in the Mid-West where salt is used heavily on the roads, or near the ocean, or if in snowy winter, the time can be shorter.


There are some factors influencing how long the flex pipe last: material, type, flexibility. A flex pipe is consist of 4 main parts: bellow(essence part), outer side(outer braid), inner side(inner braid/interlock/without), cap(two ends). The bellow with flexibility is to absorb the vibration and decrease the noise. The outer&inner part is to protect the bellow.

For material, there are 2 choices: stainless steel 201 and stainless steel 304. Stainless steel 201 material is relatively hard, with a bit of steel, it is easier to crack and rust. While the stainless steel 304 contains nickel, it’s tough and has better fatigue resistance, also better resistance to corrosion.

In the aftermarket, stainless steel 201 is more universal used for it’s better price performance. The warranty is about 6 month. Then due to different environment and driving situation, it can be longer or shorter. While the stainless steel 304 with OE quality, the warranty can be 1 year.


For type, during the 3 types: base, inner braid, interlock types, the ones with inner sleeve can protect the bellow to make it work longer. That’s why they are popular in the aftermarket.


For flexibility, during the using, the vibration and high gas temperature will age the exhaust flex pipe and lessen the flexibility, then make it worn out to crack. So better flexibility can make the flex pipe last longer. If stainless steel 304 material and more flexible exhaust flexible pipe will last much longer to 1.5 or 2 years.


Hope the information above will help you with a better understanding about the exhaust flex pipe use and how long it can last in different situation.

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