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For the last year and half or so, my Jag XE has intermittently been suffering with vibrations which appear to be coming from the exhaust. I had it booked in with JLR under warranty over a year ago and they said it was due to the exhaust mount/damper which at the time they replaced. I got the car back and all seemed relatively fine until recently when the same issue started happening again except there is a bit of a rattle noise coming from under the centre of the car now when you accelerate slightly especially when the car is cold. I got it booked in again with JLR and when they investigated they said that the exhaust mounts were the wrong way round and that they had swapped them back over. However, they also reported that there is a crack in the exhaust which will require a new back box assembly (not covered under warranty). I don’t want to put the blame on anyone but I’m very curious as to how the crack may have come about?
I thought it could be corrosion although my car is kept undercover 80-90% of the time. Or could it be a result of the initial work carried out and the fact that the mounts were the wrong way round?
As I say, I don’t want to blame anyone but if that’s a possibility then I don’t see why I should be paying almost £1000 to have a new exhaust.

I have attached a picture, any help/advice will be really appreciated!

thank you so much.


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I would say it's the result of the exhaust being incorrectly fitted at the factory or incorrectly refitted in the workshop following the rectification work. Difficult to prove but worth an explanatory email and photographs to Jaguar CRC, asking for some help with the cost
 

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I agree. There is certainly rust around the hangar (why do they make these of less rust resistant steel than the exhaust itself?) and possibly a small hole - and this looks to be where the crack started. However, I doubt that it would have propagated unless the exhaust was under some strain caused by incorrect fitting or the incorrect fitting of the mounts. And £1000 for new exhaust is pretty eye-watering!
 

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It's a bit disappointing that the XE doesn't come from the factory with a stainless steel exhaust. I thought these had become the norm these days but apparently not with JLR.
 

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It's good if it is stainless steel, but it's then disappointing that the welded on hangar appears to be mild steel - judging by the amount of rust on it.
 

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Looking at that crack the metal there is good so could easily be welded up for a fraction of the price. Or get a custom stainless system would still work out cheaper than OEM
I was thinking at the same solution, welding that crack. Also, if will be me, probably I will just fit a clamp over the crack to avoid extending.
 

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If you grind the crack out it should stop it spreading after it has been welded up.
I think, most common practice to stop crack extending in almost anything, is to drill a hole at beginning and the end of crack. A welder will know what to do for a permanent fix, anyway I agree that that exhaust can be fixed and don't need replacement.
 

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I agree the crack could be welded up, but this would have to done by an exhaust specialist. The JLR dealership won't have the skills, or interest, in doing this and will only suggest replacing the exhaust at vast expense (and not a little profit for them I suspect!)
 

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I think that could be repaired by welding but it looks to me to be a faulty exhaust, that should have some JLR good will in it for a replacement. Hands up anyone else who has had similar or even replaced an exhaust on an XE?
 
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