How do you clean a car exhaust?

What's the best way to clean a car exhaust? I'm trying to get better with car maintenance, and I want to clean my exhaust pipe.

It’s great that you’re trying to get into a good car maintenance routine! Cleaning your exhaust pipe is easy enough in theory, but it can be difficult in practice. To clean your exhaust pipe:
  • Start by cleaning the outside of the pipe with the tip of a cloth.
  • Use a hard bristled brush to scrub as deep into the tailpipe as you can.
  • Once you’ve gotten off as much gunk as possible, apply a degreaser to the pipe’s interior and exterior.
  • From there, you can use a dry cloth to clean off any rust spots or carbon deposits.
If you’ve followed those steps, then congratulations! Your exhaust pipe should be clean as possible. Remember, the steps might sound easy—but the process is, well, exhausting. Wear clothes that can get dirty, and be prepared to put in some elbowgrease.
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Liz Jenson
Answered on Oct 28, 2021

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