The exhaust system in your vehicle has progressed over time to become a combined safety and emission control system. Frequent checks of your exhaust system are a must to provide for you and your family’s safety. Make sure there are no holes in the exhaust system or in the passenger compartment where exhaust fumes could enter.
The exhaust system’s very purpose is to protect a vehicle’s occupants from harmful engine gases by redirecting those gases away from the car to the outside air. The exhaust system also helps to ensure a quiet and peaceful experience by minimizing engine exhaust noises while driving. The catalytic converter is an exhaust system component that minimizes the amount of dangerous pollutants found in the engine exhaust.
Other components of the exhaust system include oxygen sensors. These sensors monitor oxygen levels in the exhaust gases for the purpose of ensuring the overall efficiency of the catalytic converter and engine’s operation.
Keeping your exhaust system in good working condition is vital for fuel mileage, the environment and your safety. We will discuss how the exhaust system works, how it usually fails and the best way to repair it or have it repaired.
Well the worst enemy of your exhaust system is corrosion. Corrosion is caused by moisture reacting with the iron in the steel and forming iron oxide. Moisture or water vapor is present in the exhaust as a by-product of combustion and the catalytic converter. Moisture can also come from the outside in the form of rain. Short trips in your car can shorten the life of your exhaust system. When you shut down your engine whatever water vapor is in the pipes condenses and turns back into a liquid. On a short trip the water never has a chance to get hot enough to turn back into water vapor and it just stays in the system and rusts away the pipes. If you drive for a short distances consider replacing your exhaust system with a stainless steel when the plain steel one rusts through. If you drive more than 15 miles at a time you should not have to worry about this.