Exhaust System Service & Repair
Over time, vehicle experts have determined the exhaust system has two primary functions: to minimize the sound your engine makes, and to cut down on the amount of pollution your vehicle puts out. Both of those functions are designed not only for your safety, but for the safety of the environment. Simply put, think of the exhaust system as a pipe that drains your vehicle from all the gases it builds up to run. If that pipe backs up, it can be bad for you and the air around you.
How It Works
There are several components that make up your exhaust system, all of which should be inspected on a regular basis and repaired as soon as you notice any problems. Here’s a basic breakdown of the major parts to your exhaust system and how they all work:
Exhaust manifolds: These are connected to the cylinder head and take in air.
Catalytic converter: This changes harmful carbon monoxide gases to water vapor and carbon dioxide, which reduces your vehicle’s impact on the environment. Most states have laws that require a converter in vehicles.
Oxygen sensors: This measures the ratio of oxygen to exhaust, then sends that information to your vehicle’s onboard computer so you can get maximum fuel economy.
Mufflers: When you start your car or truck, there are basically a lot of explosions going on in your engine, which can get loud. The muffler dissipates that energy, which cuts down on the noise.
Exhaust pipe: This is the last component exhaust travels through before it goes out into the air.
Taking Care of Your Exhaust System
The exhaust system should be inspected regularly and repaired immediately if you notice any problems. Various factors contribute to the wear and tear of your vehicle’s exhaust system, including your driving habits, road conditions (bumps, salt, and road spray), the type of vehicle, and the age of the exhaust system parts.
Here’s a look at some warning signs that could indicate issues with your exhaust system:
- Loud rattling noises during startup, acceleration, and braking
- Vibrations from the steering wheel and gas pedal
- Increased engine noise
- Lower fuel efficiency
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Kennedy Transmission Brake & Auto Service can ensure your vehicle is running smoothly and safely. Our mechanics are highly trained when it comes to diagnosing and repairing exhaust systems, whether your vehicle is foreign or domestic. Check out our shop locator to find a Kennedy Transmission near you!