Your Exhaust System Keeps Your Vehicle Safe & Performing Optimally

If you have an exhaust problem, it should be repaired as soon as possible. An exhaust system functioning as it should adequately muffles the sound of your engine and moves toxic fumes to the back of your vehicle. Problems with your exhaust system will not only cause poor performance, but it also puts you at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Our Kenosha Auto Shop excels at exhaust & muffler work. Call us at 262-656-1017 today to schedule vehicle inspection & repair.

Common Exhaust Problems

Your exhaust system is made up of several essential components, including the exhaust manifold, catalytic converter, and muffler. Since your exhaust is exposed to the road and elements under your vehicle, a lot can cause problems that require immediate repair. Common exhaust problems and related symptoms include:

Exhaust Leaks – leaks are concerning and should be addressed as soon as possible, especially since leaks can occur in several areas of your exhaust system and may cause carbon monoxide to enter your vehicle cabin. If you smell gas while driving, you may have an exhaust leak. Rough vibrations in your steering wheel or gas pedal are another common sign of exhaust leaks.

Defective Exhaust Manifold Gasket – the exhaust manifold gasket seals your exhaust to the engine cylinders, ensuring post-combustion gases are safely moved from your engine to the back of your car. If your exhaust manifold gasket fails, you’ll hear a hissing or tapping noise when accelerating.

Faulty Oxygen Sensor – the oxygen sensors are located within your exhaust system. Affecting the fuel-delivery and combustion system, when oxygen sensors stop working properly, you’ll experience a decrease in fuel efficiency. Your check engine will likely come on if you have a faulty oxygen sensor.

Loose Exhaust Brackets – your exhaust system is held in place by brackets. Wear and tear can loosen these brackets, causing a rattling sound under your vehicle. If the brackets fall off because they are too loose, your exhaust pipe may hang low enough to touch the ground. Dragging an exhaust pipe will cause fast damage.

Catalytic Converter is Blocked – the catalytic converter plays an essential role in your exhaust system. It transforms the toxins created by fuel-combustion into exhaust fumes, which are less harmful. There are a few signs that signal a blocked catalytic converter, including the smell of rotten eggs, lower power levels, and a warm car floor.

If you experience any of the above signs, get your vehicle to a local auto repair shop for inspection.