Always wear safety glasses when working on your vehicle. Wear other personal protective equipment (PPE) when necessary, for example latex gloves or closed toe shoes.
Park the vehicle on a solid level surface. Set the parking brake and chock the rear wheels.
Using a floor jack, lift up the front of the vehicle. See the owner's manual for the proper jacking locations.
Secure the vehicle with jack stands on both sides for safety before starting any work. The pinch welds or the frame rails are the two best locations. Do not rely on the jack alone to hold the vehicle up while working.
Locate the front pipe (exhaust pipe) and inspect it for damage.
Use a floor jack to support the front pipe assembly.
Disconnect the front pipe from the exhaust manifold and the catalytic converter if applicable.
If your vehicle is equipped with oxygen sensors in the front pipe, they will need to be removed. Cover the tips of the oxygen sensors or disconnect them and set them aside so that they do not become contaminated.
Disconnect the front pipe from the exhaust hangers, if equipped, and remove the front pipe from the vehicle. Discard the old exhaust gaskets and install new gaskets during installation.
Install the new front pipe assembly in reverse order and follow the manufacturer's torque specifications.
Lower the vehicle to the ground and road test the vehicle to verify the repair.
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