When your exhaust system is working properly, you won't even notice it. However, if you have a problem with your catalytic converter, muffler, exhaust pipes or other important exhaust system components, you will notice it quickly. And when you have exhaust problems, you'll want to get them fixed as quickly as possible. If not, the results could be deadly.
The Importance of Your Exhaust System
Your vehicle's exhaust system helps keep it running smoothly. In a nutshell, it takes harmful exhaust fumes away from your engine, diverting them through the exhaust pipes and out the back of the vehicle. Even in the cleanest-emission vehicles, these fumes can be toxic and caustic. When the exhaust system isn't working properly, it can lead to much bigger problems. It can deteriorate important engine components. Even worse is the fear for carbon monoxide poisoning. If those fumes are leaking into the passenger cabin, it is very bad news to put it lightly.
In addition to preventing negative reactions, a good exhaust system will improve your vehicle's overall performance. It will reduce emissions and it can also impact your fuel economy. The better your exhaust system is, the better mileage you will likely get.
Signs You Might Have an Exhaust Issue
If you notice the following warning signs, it may mean you have a problem within your exhaust system, catalytic converter, muffler or exhaust pipe (or the "tailpipe" if you prefer).
Check Engine Light - When this comes on, it can mean any number of things. If the catalytic converter is failing, it will cause the check engine light to turn on. Whenever the check engine light is on, you will want to have it inspected by an expert like Schultz Auto and Truck Repair. We can get to the root of the problem and make sure it is fixed properly.
Loud Noises - If your car sounds much louder than normal when accelerating, you may have a problem with your muffler or exhaust pipe. There could be a leak or some other damage that is causing the loud sounds. Get minor repairs taken care of before they become much bigger automotive problems.
Vibrations - If you are noticing strange vibrations or the vehicle is losing power, it could be the result of an exhaust system problem. It could be something else altogether, so it's worth having an automotive repair professional perform a proper inspection.
Poor Fuel Economy - You may notice that your fuel efficiency is lower than normal. It may be an exhaust issue or something else. Get it checked out as soon as you can.
Count on Schultz Auto and Truck Repair for all of your exhaust repair and maintenance service needs. We'll make sure we get to the source of the problem and get it repaired before it leads to bigger—and more costly repairs. At the first sign of any exhaust issues above, bring your vehicle into our shop for a full inspection and diagnostic tests.
Call Schultz Auto and Truck Repair today at (716) 422-4008 or schedule your next service appointment online.