How hot does a car exhaust pipe get?

I bumped into my exhaust pipe right after getting home the other day and it was so hot that it burned me. Should I be worried? What’s the hottest that a car exhaust pipe should get?

Liz Jenson · Answered on Nov 29, 2021
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
I’m sorry to hear that you got burned! A typical car exhaust pipe will reach temperatures of 400 to 500 degrees Fahrenheit. Some high-performance exhaust pipes can even get as hot as 1,000 degrees or higher.
Your exhaust system is responsible for removing heat and noxious gases from your engine, which is the source of the heat. However, you can look out for other signs that indicate an issue with your exhaust system. These signs include:
  • Your check engine light turns on.
  • Your car shakes or loses power while you’re driving.
  • You smell exhaust while driving.
  • You notice a decrease in your car’s fuel efficiency.
If you notice any of these signs, talk to a mechanic.
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