WHAT IS THE VEHICLE’S EXHAUST SYSTEM?

Your car’s exhaust system has come a long way from the old days of exhaust pipes and mufflers. Today, the exhaust system is safety and emissions control rolled into one. Have your car’s exhaust system inspected regularly and check it immediately if you suspect any problems.

WHY IS THE EXHAUST SYSTEM IMPORTANT?

The exhaust system routes dangerous exhaust gas from the engine out and away from the car to keep from affecting the occupants. Next, the exhaust system reduces exhaust noise from the engine. The catalytic converter reduces the level of harmful pollutants in the exhaust. The oxygen sensors mounted in the exhaust system monitor the level of oxygen in the exhaust gases to maintain efficient engine operation and to monitor the converter’s operation.

(Also see Emissions System and E-Test Failures—we are Colorado state approved to handle virtually all emission failures on most cars and light trucks on our highways and by-ways here in Colorado.)

WEAR AND TEAR ON THE EXHAUST SYSTEM

It is always an excellent idea to maintain a vehicle’s efficient operations with a regular exhaust system check, especially if you sense something isn’t right or smell something afoul. Some symptoms of a wore or broken exhaust system include loud noise, rattling sounds coming from the undercar areas, getting drowsy while driving (a very bad situation—seek immediate attention!) and the smell of sulfur or rotten eggs. Driver and car safety, mileage and drivability can also be affected.

We provide those system checks and inspections here at Pride Auto Care.

WHAT THINGS NEGATIVELY AFFECT REPLACEMENT REQUIREMENTS?

  • Driving habits (short trips take their toll on exhaust system life)
  • Road conditions (salt, road spray, bumps)
  • Vehicle type
  • Age of exhaust system parts

If you have any issues like these described here with your vehicle, see us the technicians at Pride Auto Care to check out your car’s exhaust system ASAP.  

Pride Auto Care and Car Care Council