Not everybody realizes this, but your exhaust system is one of your vehicle’s most important features. From the manifold to the catalytic converter and the muffler to the exhaust pipes themselves, all components need to be functioning properly for optimal performance.
Effects of a Bad Exhaust System
What happens if your exhaust system isn’t working correctly? Here are just a few things that should concern you:
• Decreased Engine Performance
• Possible Engine Damage
• Decreased Fuel Economy
• Failure to Meet State Emissions Requirements
• Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Let’s not overlook that last thing on the list because that can literally be deadly if you are in the car and toxic fumes are leaking into the passenger cabin. Your exhaust system is there to expel dangerous gasses and fumes away from the engine and out the back tail pipe(s). The catalytic converter is also vital to this process as it burns off as much of the toxic elements as possible so that what your vehicle emits isn’t harmful to you, those around you and the environment.
Signs of a Exhaust System Problems
What signs should you look for to know if your vehicle might be having exhaust problems? Here are the 5 most common symptoms you need to be aware of:
1. Bad Smells
If your exhaust smells really bad or the odor is stronger than usual when you are inside the car, there could be a leak or a catalytic converter problem that you will want to have inspected and repaired by an automotive expert.
2. Check Engine Light
If your check engine light comes on, it may mean that you are having an exhaust problem. It could represent any number of automotive issues, though, so it’s best to get it tested and inspected by a professional mechanic.
If your vehicle is vibrating unusually or it is losing power as you drive, there’s a good likelihood that it is an exhaust issue or some other complication with the engine that you’ll want to have looked at as soon as possible.
4. Loud Acceleration
If you are driving and the car gets really loud every time you try and accelerate, it may be a malfunction somewhere in the exhaust system (likely the muffler).
5. Lower Fuel Efficiency
This can be a tough one to notice unless you are really paying attention to your mileage over time. However, if you do notice that your vehicle isn’t getting the fuel efficiency you are used to, it could be an exhaust problem.
Colorado Springs Exhaust Repair and Maintenance
If you are in the Colorado Springs area and are experiencing any of these exhaust problems or any other issues with your vehicle, bring it into the auto repair experts at LightHouse Automotive. We’ll get to the root of the problem and tell you exactly what it will take to make repairs, replace damaged parts or make adjustments to keep your exhaust system—and your vehicle as a whole—running its best. We can also help with custom exhaust design and installation if you really want to boost your car's performance!
Call LightHouse Automotive today at (719) 465-0302 or schedule your service appointment online.