Your vehicle’s exhaust system is immensely important. When you have a leak in this system, you will usually be able to detect multiple symptoms. The typical components of the exhaust system include the exhaust manifold, oxygen sensor, catalytic converter, hangers, exhaust piping and joints, and a muffler. Use the following checklist to troubleshoot a potential problem with your vehicle’s exhaust system.

  • You are hearing a loud sound coming out from the exhaust system when you rev up the engine, before the exhaust reaches the tailpipe. This is an indication that there is a leak or hole somewhere in the exhaust system, allowing sound to escape before it can reach the muffler. If the noise is a rumbling sound that comes directly from the tailpipe, there is probably a hole in the muffler itself. A damaged muffler can be dangerous since carbon monoxide might get inside the car.
  • Your car is experiencing a loss of power and acceleration. The exhaust system is designed to optimize the emissions performance and acceleration of the car. If there is a sudden decrease in your car’s acceleration power, this can indicate some type of exhaust system issue, like a clogged exhaust manifold.
  • A decrease in fuel efficiency. Engine performance issues are a possible indication of a problem with the exhaust tubes or pipes. Efficiency of your engine is measured by the amount of energy it gets out of the gasoline that is used for fuel. A pipe that is rusted through will cause the engine to have to work harder to get your car up to speed. The first indication of lower engine efficiency will be that your car is getting fewer miles per gallon.
  • A strong smell in the exhaust emissions. This can be an indication of a leak in the exhaust pipe, tailpipe, or muffler. If the smell is more like rotten eggs, there could be a problem with the catalytic converter in the exhaust system, which changes hydrogen sulphide into sulphur dioxide, which is odorless. Noxious fumes from a faulty exhaust system can also get inside your vehicle, which is very dangerous.

If you have noticed any of these 4 common symptoms of exhaust system problems, take your vehicle to a trusted mechanic right away. A faulty exhaust will greatly impact the functioning of your vehicle and can lead to toxic gas fumes getting inside. The experts at Meridian Automotive are trained to properly diagnose and fix any possible problems with your car’s exhaust system.

Meridian Automotive provides complete auto repair service in Meridian, Idaho. We’ve been Meridian’s auto repair experts for over 25 years. Don’t just trust anyone, trust the experts at Meridian Automotive. Call us today at (208) 297-5573 or schedule an appointment online.

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