Car Exhaust Leak Symptoms

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What is it?
There are no moving parts, but your exhaust system is one of hardest worked parts on the car. It is a series of pipes linking the engine to a muffler and a catalytic converter which performs the following functions; Controls noise. Directs poisonous gases produced in your engine away from you and your passengers and safely out the tailpipe.

A poorly functioning exhaust system means lower fuel efficiency, decreased power, and could even lead to costly damage down the line. A malfunctioning exhaust system could mean that those toxic emissions are being piped into your vehicle, where they can do serious damage to your health.

Here are some symptoms of a bad or failing exhaust:

1.Excessively noisy engine, one of the first symptoms, it’s a hissing or tapping sound coming from the engine. It may be more pronounced during a cold start.

2.Decrease in power, acceleration, and fuel efficiency-the decreased performance may be minor at first but will worsen over time if not taken care of.

3.Burning smell coming from the engine bay- if the gasket fails and leaks near any plastic components, or engine wiring, the heat from the exhaust gasses may cause the components to burn up. Any sort of burning smells should be checked out as soon as possible to make sure that they are not a potential safety hazard.

If you are experiencing any of the above, or would like an assessment on your exhaust, don’t hesitate to give us a call so we can care of all your needs. Ricks Auto Service 574-255-4724.

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