• August2022 10t

What Are the Signs of a Failing Exhaust System?

What Are the Signs of a Failing Exhaust System?

If your exhaust system has a leak or a faulty component such as the muffler, exhaust pipes, catalytic converter, oxygen sensor, manifold gaskets or something else, you do not want to wait on repairs. You need your entire exhaust system running effectively and efficiently. Otherwise, it will affect vehicle performance and even your health. If left unrepaired, a poor exhaust system can also lead to major engine damage that will be very expensive to repair.

Significance of the Exhaust System 

Not everybody realizes just how important your exhaust system is to the overall health and performance of your car. It diverts harmful fumes and toxins away from your engine before burning them off to produce safer and cleaner emissions. If your exhaust system is not performing correctly, it can lead to major engine damage and carbon monoxide build-ups inside the vehicle that can literally be deadly for you and your passengers.

Signs of a Failing Exhaust System 

Thankfully, a failing exhaust system shows continuous symptoms that can help you schedule a maintenance job. If your vehicle is suffering from any of the following symptoms, bring it over to Labrador Exhausts & Towbars and we’ll take it from there.

Excessive Noise 

Probably the most obvious indication that there’s something wrong with your exhaust is excessive noise, or a distinct change in the tone of your exhaust. This could be due to a rusted muffler, cracks in the pipe, or a leaking manifold gasket.

Excessive Vibration 

If your car is vibrating or seemingly losing power, this is a common sign of exhaust system concerns that you will want to have looked at.

Check Engine Light 

The check engine light can come on for any number of reasons and a failing exhaust may be one of them. It’s a good idea to get your vehicle tested and inspected by an expert mechanic any time your check engine light comes on.

Decreased Power 

If you have a problem with your exhaust, it will begin to affect the performance of your engine. You won’t be able to accelerate as well or as quickly, and you won’t get the same power when you do accelerate. This problem will continue to worsen if you do not address the exhaust leak.

Burning Smell 

If your gasket fails and begins to leak near any engine wiring or any parts under the hood that are made of plastic, the heat from the exhaust gases could cause these parts to burn. Those burning parts then release a burning smell that can smell like a burning engine.

Hanging Exhaust Pipe 

If your exhaust pipe is hanging or dragging on the ground, you should have it fixed immediately. Please call us for more info or contact us.

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