Can You Drive with a Bad Flex Pipe?
You can drive with a broken flex pipe. However, this may not be a wise choice for various reasons.
It is dangerous to drive with a broken flex pipe, as a damaged flex pipe can put your health at risk . A flex pipe helps direct dangerous emissions such as carbon monoxide away from you. A broken flex pipe will result in higher carbon monoxide levels in your cabin, which can cause nausea and dizziness in the short term and lead to dangerous driving.
The toxic fumes from your broken flex pipe will also eventually damage the other parts of your car. In fact, these fumes can even cause a fire, particularly if there is a hole in the pipe near the engine.
Further, depending on where you live, it may be illegal to drive with a bad flex pipe. Many jurisdictions will not allow you to drive a vehicle that is in a dangerous condition and poses the threat of injury to anyone, be that the driver himself or herself, another driver, or a pedestrian.
Driving with a bad flex pipe will also cost you more. Since a broken flex pipe will not be able to remove toxic fumes from your car, your car will be unable to run as smoothly as it normally would, leading to an increase in fuel consumption.
As such, driving with a broken flex pipe is not a good idea; indeed, it can be a fatal mistake. Accordingly, you should get a replacement as soon as you notice something is off with your flex pipe.