Three Signs That Your Exhaust System Is Failing

December 23, 2019 1:38 pm Published by

Your exhaust system takes your engine’s waste and safely emits those gasses at the back of your vehicle. That waste comes out as carbon dioxide gas and travels from your engine to your exhaust manifold, and then through your exhaust pipes. If any section of this process gets a crack, loses its seal, or gets damaged from road debris, that dangerous gas could be leaking directly into your vehicle’s cabin, essentially poisoning you and your family. There are a number of signs that your exhaust system might be failing. If you are interested in fixing your exhaust or taking on any other DIY project this year, come into your local U Pull And Pay today. Our DIY experts will help you get all the tips and parts you need at the best prices in town.

Loud Engine Noise

One of the most noticeable signs that your exhaust system is starting to fail is if you start to hear louder than normal engine noises. These loud engine noises are generally caused by a faulty exhaust manifold and will sound like loud hissing or tapping sounds. Hissing sounds mean that your exhaust manifold has lost its seal and that carbon dioxide is slowly leaking into your car. Tapping sounds, on the other hand, could mean a wide variety of things from a full disconnect of your exhaust manifold to cracks or breaks in your manifold or engine. These noises will be even louder on cold mornings when you start your car or accelerate.

Decreased Power And Fuel-Efficiency

A malfunctioning exhaust system will cause your engine to not only lose power but to lose fuel efficiency as well. A break in your exhaust system will cause the carbon dioxide and all of the residue that comes with it to build up in your engine. This will cause the inner workings of your engine to become clogged with CO2 buildup and drastically reduce your engine’s power, ability to accelerate, and decrease your fuel efficiency. If you notice any decrease in power or fuel-efficiency, you need to check your exhaust manifold and exhaust pipes as soon as possible to avoid potentially costly repairs.

Burning Smell

If your exhaust manifold has failed, extremely hot exhaust fumes will leak into your engine bay and cause a dangerous amount of heat to reach sensitive engine parts. This heat will cause your vehicle’s wiring and plastic components to start to melt or even catch fire. Anytime you smell a burning smell coming from your vehicle, stop driving and check your engine. This smell could be caused by a break in your exhaust system or an oil leak, both of which could cause a massive fire.

Gas Smell

If you smell gas while you are driving you could have a break in your exhaust below the cab of your car. The hot fumes from your exhaust will seep out of any break and rise up into your car. Those fumes will usually smell like gas or burnt gas. Carbon dioxide is extremely dangerous, so if you smell any of these fumes coming into your car stop driving and inspect your exhaust system ASAP.

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This post was written by Jonathan Kling