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When I began thinking more seriously about car issues, it occurred to me that there were a few things I needed to do if I wanted to make things easier for myself in the long run. For starters, I began taking my car in for regular auto service, which really helped out. It was really interesting to see how many different things had to be fixed every time I went in, but when my car didn't have as many problems, I could tell that it was really paying off. This website is all about understanding and preventing car problems by making better choices.



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Signs The The Exhaust System On Your Car Needs Attention

by Micheal Barrett

The exhaust system under your car or truck is designed to remove the exhaust gases from the engine safely away from the vehicle's passenger compartment. The system will also quiet the noise of the exhaust exiting the engine, but when it is damaged or rusted, you may need to schedule professional exhaust system repairs to keep it working properly.

Exhaust Gases

The primary concern with exhaust gases is the danger they pose to people riding in your car if the exhaust system is not tight. Exhaust gases contain things like carbon monoxide that are poisonous over time, so if you can smell the exhaust inside the vehicle, it is essential that you take the car to a shop that offers exhaust system repair and have the system checked for leaks.

Sometimes, a small hole in a pipe or a muffler with a seam coming loose can allow just enough exhaust gas to leak into the passenger compartment that you smell when the car is running. The leak will eventually worsen if it is not fixed, and breathing the exhaust gas over time can allow a large number of toxic chemicals to build up in the bloodstream, making you sick or worse. 

Exhaust System Noise

An exhaust system that develops a leak will often become loud, especially if the leak is between the engine and the mufflers or if the muffler itself is damaged. If you hear a low rumbling sound start under the car when you are driving, it is crucial that you have an exhaust system repair shop check the system for you. 

The muffler will often trap water from condensation inside and can begin to rot until a hole forms that lets exhaust leak out. Typically there will be black soot around the hole from the exhaust gas, indicating where the leak is located. 

Another place you may find a leak is the connections between the exhaust pipes and the muffler or catalytic converter in the system. These leaks can result from clamps that loosen or break over time or could be due to an impact to the exhaust system from debris on the road or an obstacle like a very large speed bump in parking areas or on roads. 

In any case, once the exhaust system starts to get louder, you need to have an exhaust system repair shop inspect it because something is loose or leaking, and it could become a significant problem if it is neglected or ignored. The tech at the shop can check the system for you, and within a few minutes, they will be able to tell you where the leak is and how best to repair the system.