Chevrolet Trailblazer Exhaust Manifold Replacement Cost

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Exhaust Manifold Replacement
The average cost for a Chevrolet Trailblazer exhaust manifold replacement is between $431 and $628. Labor costs are estimated between $149 and $267 while parts are priced between $282 and $361. Estimate does not include taxes and fees.
Note about price: This service is typically done as part of a bigger, more expensive repair, so the estimate you see above may not represent your total cost. Some of these bigger related repairs are listed in the table below. Talk with a RepairPal Certified shop to learn which repairs may be right for you.

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What is an exhaust manifold?

The exhaust manifold is located between the engine cylinder head and catalytic converter. The purpose of this manifold is to collect exhaust gas as it leaves the cylinder head.

How does the exhaust manifold work?

As the engine pumps hot exhaust gases out of the cylinder head, the exhaust manifold receives it, and pressure builds inside the manifold. The metal gasket expands with the cylinder head and manifold, to fill the tiny gap between them, so back pressure may build without the gas escaping the exhaust system.

Some exhaust manifolds are heavy cast-iron devices designed to store the extreme heat caused by the still-burning exhaust gases leaving the individual cylinders. This helps sustain the combustion burning process into the next downstream emission device, the catalytic converter. The exhaust manifold is bolted directly to the engine cylinder head.

What are the symptoms related to a bad exhaust manifold?

When the exhaust manifold becomes corroded to the point of failure, the result will be a tapping noise from a crack in the exhaust manifold. If the muffler bracket has broken, or the rubber hanger is worn, the muffler and exhaust pipe may hang down, placing additional strain on the hot manifold, and cause the exhaust manifold gasket to leak. Lastly, leaking from the exhaust manifold could register a lean fuel condition at the oxygen sensors, causing black smoke from the exhaust under heavy acceleration, check engine light illumination, and OBD trouble codes for exhaust and emissions, fuel delivery, and lean running conditions.

More exhaust manifold symptoms

Can I drive with an exhaust manifold problem?

Driving a vehicle with a leak in the exhaust manifold is generally not recommended for very long. It can ruin fuel mileage, fail a smog inspection, ruin the catalytic converter, and cause damage to exhaust valves.

How often do exhaust manifolds need to be replaced?

Normally, the exhaust manifold can go thousands of heat cycles before failure, but engine condition, and driving style may play a significant role in longevity, except for in cases of corrosion, and collisions. Most exhaust manifolds last the lifetime of the engine, and beyond. However, since the rate of decay is dependent on the operating environment, the likelihood of replacement is based on age, rather than mileage. Lastly, hot engine temperatures from improper air fuel ratios will cause leaks in cast manifolds at any mileage.

How are exhaust manifold issues diagnosed?

Identifying an exhaust manifold leak can be very easy if ticking is present, and plenty of exhaust gas is making a stink at the engine, but minor leaks can be tricky. Ordinarily, the vehicle will be raised, and the exhaust manifold will be inspected for signs of leakage, such as black marks, and burned non-metallic components around the exhaust manifold. If there are no signs, the exhaust may be smoke tested, or plugged to make leaks more apparent.

How is an exhaust manifold replaced?

Exhaust manifold and gasket replacement only requires the manifold retaining hardware to be removed, the old gasket removed, and all mating surfaces cleaned thoroughly. If the manufacturer specifies sealant, it is applied to the gasket, otherwise the gasket is placed on the exhaust studs. The exhaust manifold will slide in place on the gasket, and the technician will torque new exhaust manifold retaining fasteners to factory specification.

RepairPal Recommendations for exhaust manifold issues

As manufacturers spend millions of dollars designing the perfect exhaust system for their engines, we recommend using at least OEM quality parts, if not parts from the OEM.

What to look out for when dealing with exhaust manifold issues

The exhaust system operates at extreme temperatures, so metal becomes brittle after a long service life. Fasteners need to be replaced when an exhaust manifold gasket is replaced as the old bolts are unreliable, and the fasteners may be destroyed during removal.

Can I replace the exhaust manifold myself?

Replacing an exhaust manifold and gasket is only a DIY capable project if the leak can be positively diagnosed at home, and when caught early. If caught late, the exhaust valves must be inspected by a trained professional technician. If any welding is required, a professional exhaust welder should complete the repair.