Dodgy exhaust? ES Motors can help
What the exhaust does
In order for a car to run, fuel and air must be burned in the combustion chamber, producing at least six different emissions including the extremely harmful gases carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxide and nitrogen monoxide. The car exhaust system is responsible for removing these emissions, allowing the car to be safe for driver and passengers as well as the environment. There are two other crucial functions the exhaust system serves. The first is to quiet the loud explosive noises of combustion. The other is to ensure your car is running with the most fuel efficiency. If these are not familiar traits for your exhaust then you might be in need of a exhaust repair.
Potential exhaust problems
Another reason you should get a exhaust repair would be due to rust on your pipes. This is one of the biggest problems the exhaust system faces. With rust comes a greater likelihood of cracked or broken exhaust parts causing an exhaust leak. Areas that use salt on icy roads may increase risk of such problems, as salt causes corrosion. If this is the case, hosing down a car’s bottom every few weeks in the winter months may help. Take care not to over do this however, as continually leaving excess water on the car will also cause rust. If your driving typically involves short trips (less than fifteen miles) or a lot of driving in stop and go traffic, your exhaust system may also be at greater risk of problem because water vapor in the system condenses to water once the car has stopped. If the car has not been running for very long, the pipes are not hot enough to evaporate the water and the condensed water causes rust. Exhaust system leaks can also occur due to cracks from normal usage.
Signs your vehicle needs an exhaust repair
If you smell fumes, it may be an indication that you have an exhaust leak. Roll down your windows to minimise the fumes you are inhaling. It may be best to pull over and contact a mechanic. Hissing or popping noises coming from the exhaust system may also be an indicator of a leak. It could also indicate a muffler that needs replacement. Even if there does not appear to be a problem with your system, it is a good idea to ask your mechanic to look it over when you are in for other repairs or your regular oil change. Remember that the deadly carbon monoxide has no odor, so there may be a leak you are not detecting. Catching a problem early can save lots of money in the long run. A rattling or buzzing noise may indicate that a heat shield around the exhaust pipes or catalytic converter is loose. If you have been noticing less fuel efficiency, it might be an indicator of a malfunctioning oxygen sensor or a plugged catalytic converter. The exhaust system is such a crucial part of cars function and safety so it’s important to take care of any issues quickly.