A muffler is actually just one part of a major system in your vehicle. The exhaust system in your car really starts at the front of the vehicle, just behind the engine. Without the complete system in proper working order, your muffler really doesn’t get the proper chance to do its job at all. This can mean higher carbon emissions, less fuel efficiency and poor gas mileage, which all translates into additional expenses for your car. In order to avoid these expenses, it is important to understand how each component of your vehicle’s exhaust system works, and what you can keep an eye out for in order to determine when your car is in need of repairs.
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Understanding Your Muffler and Exhaust System
The exhaust system ensures toxic exhaust fumes stay out of your car cabin and works to make your engine run correctly. It also helps give you the best possible fuel efficiency and cuts emissions that pollute the air.
Listed below are some common issues that can occur in your vehicle’s exhaust system. Read on to better understand how your muffler and entire exhaust system works.
If You Hear a Vibration
If you hear vibration when your car is running or if it experiences a loss of power, bring it in for a free exhaust inspection. Let the centre know where you noticed the vibration coming from: the steering wheel, operating pedals, or even the seat. This symptom could be a result of a hole, disconnected part, or a leak in the exhaust system. The problem may or may not include a rumbling sound – that depends on the size of the damaged area. The vibrations are not just signaling a problem with the muffler or exhaust. They are also signals that your motor is likely not performing at peak levels.
A Failing or Failed Catalytic Converter
The catalytic converter is the most costly part of your exhaust system. If your catalytic converter begins to fail, you will hear loud sounds. A failing catalytic converter sounds like someone shaking a metal box filled with coins while your car is in idle. You may also notice your check engine light is illuminated.
Increase in Exhaust Volume
A deep rumbling noise coming out of your exhaust pipe is an obvious signal that you have a muffler or exhaust issue. Having it repaired quickly is the best option. Delaying needed muffler or exhaust repairs causes other exhaust and engine problems that make repairs more expensive.
Decrease in Fuel Efficiency
If you notice your regular fill-ups aren’t getting you as far as they used to, take your car to a local service centre for an inspection. As with vibrations, loss of fuel efficiency might be a sign of a car exhaust system problem. Exhaust leaks makes your motor work harder, which requires more gas.
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