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Old 05-10-2016, 05:18 PM   #1
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Default Ran over a deer, exhaust problem?

The other day I ran over a deer. Going about 60 mph by the time I saw the deer on the road it was too late, i was able to steer a little to the left but I still ran it over, the only thing that was damaged (that I was able to see externally) was the front air deflector flap thing (not exactly sure on the name), anyways that was an easy fix, just replacing a couple springs. I haven't noticed really much difference in drive aside from the increase in vehicle noise . Not exactly sure what is causing this but whenever I step on the gas the car gets loud and sounds like I have a bigger exhaust (but not in a good way) I know this isn't the best description but it's a little hard without posting a video with sound or something. Continuing I opened up the trunk to see if I could see some damage or anything that out of place, I couldn't find a thing. But I had a friend give the car some gas and it sounds like the loud exhaust type noise is coming from beneath the engine. The best way I could describe this would be: after my friend gave it some gas it sounded like a quiet misfire type sound mixed with like kickback that you hear in sports cars, but it didn't sound good.
Sorry about the poor descriptions but any ideas what could've happened/ what's wrong with the car? Also when I start it up its louder than usual. Thanks.
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I was reading over on a Deer forum where this deer posted about getting run over and he thinks he damaged the car's muffler
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I was reading over on a Deer forum where this deer posted about getting run over and he thinks he damaged the car's muffler
That's a smart deer- should be a mechanic.
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JDCastellanos, since you're noticing a louder exhaust, did you try jacking up the front end and looking under the car? If you ran over a deer and it went under the car, any damage is likely under the car where the deer wound up. No one here can tell you where the damage occurred since everyone here is imagining the damage. You're in the only position to see where damage occurred........
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I have and I haven't been able to notice any damage, I don't think it is the muffler that's damaged because the sound in coming from the front, when I'm driving I can here it towards the front, in the middle of the car, I inspected the muffler and it looks fine
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Flex pipe might have gotten ripped apart.
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If the exhaust system was replaced prior to the accident, secondary muffler shops do not like to install a replacement for the little downpipe support on the transmission. If so, the downpipe was supported by the exhaust manifold alone. If the downpipe contacted the deer, then the force could have very well ripped the entire front off of the engine leaving the pistons exposed to corrosion.
OK, not really, but...you need to look at the downpipe, the flex and the exhaust manifold.
Some recommend spraying plenty of soapy water over everything and hooking an air source (leaf-blower) to the end of the exhaust outlet. Pressurizing the exhaust system with the leaf-blower will cause soap bubbles to form at the location of the leak. Bubbles spell troubles.
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in the absence of a leaf blower, many shop-vacs can be reversed and function as blowers, and conveniently have a 2" hose, which probably fits in/over the exhaust nicely
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How easy is it to replace a flex pipe?
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Also, if it is one of these problems previously said, if I decide to ignore the problem(s) will these exhaust issues lead to bigger issues in the future or can I live without fixing them and deal with the noise?
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A broken flex pipe may affect the downstream O2 sensor if the damaged flex is upstream of it. Whether or not an error code pops up depends on the size of the leak.

I replaced one of two flex pipes in my L300, the front one that's only three inches long (from weld to weld). http://www.saturnfans.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=219074. This is one way to repair flex pipes. Its been about a month and no leaks or exhaust noise.
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