Has your engine gotten louder? Can you smell exhaust fumes inside your vehicle? Is your check engine light on? Have you noticed a change in your vehicle performance? These are just a few signs that you might need to inspect and repair your emission system.
Fuel combustion is necessary for a car to start and run. The catch is that this combustion also creates harmful fumes, affecting humans and our environment. The good news is that vehicles have exhaust and emission systems to prevent this.
Its job is to reduce and control exhaust and pollutants. It keeps toxic gases from entering the cabin and out into the atmosphere. Yet, your emission system can also break down with wear and age.
Did your vehicle fail an emission test or need a muffler repair? Contact the ASE-Certified exhaust experts at Autotexs.
The most obvious and first sign of an emission system repair is when it fails an emission test. However, it can take a while to know you need repairs if your car isn’t due for an emission test yet. Below are the other signs of exhaust or emission systems problems:
Hissing or Popping Noise
Hearing unusual car sounds is one way to know that you’re having trouble with one or more of its systems. A sign that you’ve got an emission issue is if you hear hissing or popping while the engine is on.
Your exhaust system may have unusually high backpressure or has something restricting it. You can confirm that it’s an emission problem if you see discoloration or burned paint by the exhaust ports.
Your Check Engine Light Keeps Blinking or Comes On
Do you have trouble finding out what’s causing the Check Engine Light to turn on? If it’s not your engine, it can be your emission system. When you see this light turn on and observe the other signs, you can be more certain about having an emission problem.
Smoke and a Burning Smell
Burning smells and smoke coming from your car aren’t signs of suitable condition. The smell may come from a broken and leaking gasket. The leak or breakage can melt or burn, which causes the burning smell.
If you see any hint of smoke, turn the engine off and bring it to a mechanic at Autotexs right away. Don’t drive the vehicle again until the issue gets fixed.
Your car’s engine might be having issues if it’s making a lot of noise. However, sometimes, engine noise can also point to an exhaust system problem. It can signify an exhaust leak, which is dangerous if it leaks toxic fumes.
Vehicle Has Performance Issues
An issue with your exhaust system will reflect the performance of your engine. These issues include problems during startup and a decrease in accelerating power. Never delay emissions repairs because they’ll worsen the more you wait.
Is your car seat, gas pedal, or steering wheel vibrating? Vibrations in the car are a common problem that can point to different causes. One possible explanation is a rusty exhaust pipe.
It can also mean you’ve got exhaust leaks. It can worsen the more you wait before bringing your vehicle to Autotexs for repair.
A Visual Check Shows Rust or Holes in Your Exhaust
A quick way to find an exhaust pipe problem is to look at it. Does it have a lot of rust on it? Do you see any splits or holes in the pipe? Bring your car to Autotexs right away if the answer is yes for either or both of the questions.
The best way to find out what kind of repairs you need is to familiarize yourself with the emission systems. Here’s a quick list of the primary and essential parts of a vehicle’s muffler and emission systems:
Exhaust Manifold - It pulls exhaust and combustion gases from the engine into the exhaust system.
Catalytic Converters - It transforms or converts engine emissions into less harmful water and carbon dioxide products. It uses heat and metals to convert these harmful emissions.
Mufflers - The mufflers reduce the noise created by the engine to lessen noise pollution. It also helps in dampening vehicle emissions.
Oxygen or O2 Sensors - It helps your car’s computer determine how much fuel and O2 it needs for optimal performance and fuel economy. Cars can have two or four O2 sensors.
Resonator and Resonator Assemblies - It works with your mufflers to reduce the sound and noise created by the engine. Resonators reduce engine sounds while mufflers cut down their volume.
Flex Pipe - The flex pipe absorbs the vibrations your vehicle creates when used. It acts as the absorber of the exhaust system to keep it from shaking too much.
Tailpipe or Exhaust Pipe - Like the exhaust manifold, the vehicle tailpipe guides the exhaust gases out of the vehicle and toward its rear. Without an exhaust pipe, emission fumes will exit the car through the bottom of the car, which can be dangerous.
Technically, you can drive with a broken exhaust. However, it will be risky and illegal. A blown exhaust can release harmful fumes into the cabin. You can’t see or smell these fumes, so you may never know you’re inhaling them until you feel the symptoms.
You should have your vehicle's exhaust system inspected every year and any necessary repairs completed. This is actually required in the state of Pennsylvania.
An after-market performance muffler can improve the efficiency of your engine by 10%. While this may seem like a slight boost, it’s enough to increase horsepower or boost fuel economy. Likewise, a bad muffler can harm your gas mileage and cause several problems.
You can count on the ASE-Certified exhaust technicians for all of your muffler, exhaust, and emission repairs.
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