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Can an Exhaust Leak Cause Loss of Power? (Explained)

Updated: Jan 9

An exhaust leak can allow extra air into the exhaust system or will cause exhaust gas to exit before the oxygen sensors. The oxygen sensor provides critical data to the ECU, allowing the engine to run smoothly.


If you have an exhaust leak you may have noticed reduced acceleration, so can an exhaust leak cause loss of power? Yes, if the oxygen sensor sends incorrect data to the ECU, it can cause loss of power and reduced performance.

 

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example of an exhaust leak
An example of a broken exhaust pipe causing an exhaust leak.