The exhaust systems of vehicles are an important piece of the vehicle’s overall function. Your exhaust system is a collection of pipes that link the engine to two different parts, the silencer and the converter. This system provides some important functions that include noise control and the directing of exhaust fumes away from passengers. It is important to check the health of your exhaust system to ensure there are no leaks that could allow damaging carbon monoxide into your vehicle. You can check the health of your exhaust system on your own with a few simple steps.
Listen For Leaks
You should listen for any loud or hissing noises from your exhaust. You will be able to hear this with a naked ear. A hissing noise or a loud noise is a good indication of an exhaust leak within your vehicle. Your engine will also emit increased engine noise if there is a leak. You can test for this noise by accelerating your vehicle and listening for anything out of the ordinary.
Watch Your MPGs
Certain exhaust leaks can have a negative effect on your miles per gallon. If you have a leak near the manifold of your vehicle, you could see a decrease in your MPGs by 3-4 miles per gallon. The leak causes the sensors to become confused which causes a compensation by burning excess fuel. Watch your dash for signs of a decrease while you are on the move. You may also find you are filling your tank up more often than you have before.
Feel For Vibrations
When you drive, you may be feeling some vibrations from your car’s gas pedal. You may also feel general vibrations from the car itself whenever you accelerate. These vibrations are a sign of an exhaust leak. Smaller leaks can cause a shaking gas pedal and steering wheel. Larger leaks can cause the entire vehicle to be overcome with tremors.
To check the overall health of your exhaust system, you should listen for leaks, watch your miles per gallon and feel for vibrations when on the move. It is important to correct the leak as soon as you suspect it by calling a professional. An exhaust leak can cause major issues to your vehicle and can also damage your health through the excessive release of carbon monoxide. You should stay in tune with your vehicle daily to stay aware.