Your Car’s Exhaust System

Your car’s exhaust system has evolved from the time where cars were just a bunch of exhaust pipes and mufflers. Today, the exhaust system combines safety and emissions control rolled into one. It is important that you have your car’s exhaust system inspected regularly and check it immediately if you think you may have any problems.

The exhaust system routes all of dangerous exhaust gas from the engine out and away from the car to keep from affecting the occupants. Next, the exhaust system reduces exhaust noise from the engine. The catalytic converter reduces the level of harmful pollutants in the exhaust. Finally, the oxygen sensors mounted in the exhaust system monitor the level of exhaust gases to maintain efficient engine operation and to monitor the converter’s operation.

Vehicle Wear and Tear

Maintain a safe car with regular exhaust system checks. Factors that affect replacement requirements include:
• Driving habits (short trips take their toll on exhaust system life)
• Road conditions (salt, road spray, bumps)
• Vehicle type
• Age of exhaust system parts

Symptoms
• Loud noise
• Rattling noise when starting, accelerating or braking
• Drowsiness while driving

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