Common Problems With Vehicle Exhaust Systems

Let’s talk about common problems with vehicle exhaust systems so you know what to look for with your automobile. Whether you drive an SUV, car, or truck, there may come a point when the exhaust system gets clogged, starts to leak, or has parts removed from it. Below, are symptoms of exhaust system problems. These are signs that you need to have your vehicle’s exhaust system repaired.

Loud/Roaring Engine

We said above that parts can be removed from the exhaust system. What we meant by this is that a common form of automotive theft is catalytic converter theft. If someone steals your catalytic converter, you will end up with a loud and roaring engine. You will also end up with a loud and roaring engine if there is a problem with the muffler in the exhaust system.

Popping/Tapping Engine

If you hear popping or tapping noises when you start your automobile, your exhaust system has a leak. Specifically, it is possible that the exhaust manifold gasket has cracked. It is also possible that the exhaust manifold has cracked. You may also have a leaking exhaust system pipe. Any of these things will make popping or tapping noises while the engine is running.

Lagging/Sputtering Engine

Clogs in the exhaust system can directly affect your engine’s performance. Unfortunately, you may end up with a lagging or sputtering engine because the exhaust system is clogged. Instead of removing the exhaust from the combustion chamber through the system, the exhaust will stop at the site of the clog and back up into the chamber. This will affect your engine’s performance.

Reduced Fuel Efficiency

It will also affect your vehicle’s fuel efficiency. Unfortunately, when the engine is running inefficiently, it uses more fuel to operate. As such, you will not get the normal gas mileage that you get out of a full tank. This can be extremely frustrating if you are living on a tight budget.

Hanging/Damaged Tailpipe

It is easy to damage the tailpipe. A piece of road debris can dent the pipe or punch a hole in it. If you accidentally drive over a curb, you can knock the tailpipe loose. If you live in a humid climate, the tailpipe can end up with holes in it because corrosion will eat through the metal.

Finally, another problem that can occur if your exhaust system is leaking is the smell of exhaust in the passenger cabin. It is best to have your vehicle towed to our shop for the exhaust system repair if this is the case.

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