The main culprit for exhaust damage or wear is rust and it can cause a multitude of problems. Depending on the severity it can lead to complete exhaust failure or structural damage.
New vs. Old Rusty Exhaust In rare cases the exhaust pipe can become so eroded or damaged that it will become loose and start dragging on the road. If this happens you should bring your vehicle in for our dedicated to team to assist you. If it is not safe to drive the vehicle you should ring for road side assistance and take care not to inhale any of the toxic fumes.
If you hear rattling under the vehicle it could mean one of your exhaust components has become loose. It's important to get your exhaust system examined if this is the case. Loose exhaust parts or missing brackets can put additional structural stress on the exhaust system and damage other expensive components. We supply a wide range of exhaust mounting kits to repair such damages.
Here are some signs that can help you effectively diagnose if your exhaust has a problem.
One of the first signs of exhaust problems that you should to pay attention to is if you have an excessively noisy engine. If you have a faulty exhaust manifold gasket, it will cause an exhaust leak that sounds like a hissing or tapping sound. The sound is especially loud during a cold start or when you accelerate the vehicle.
If you have a problem with your exhaust, it will begin to affect the performance of your engine. You won't be able to accelerate as well or as quickly, and you won't get the same power when you do accelerate. This problem will continue to worsen if you do not address the exhaust leak.
When your power and acceleration decrease, often the fuel efficiency of your vehicle also decreases. To get your car to function in the same way that it does without an exhaust problem, it has to work even harder, therefore using more fuel. You may think that the cost of replacing or fixing your exhaust is high, but you'll begin spending a lot more on gas if you don't get it fixed.
If your gasket fails and begins to leak near any engine wiring or any parts under the hood that are made of plastic, the heat from the exhaust gases could cause these parts to burn. Those burning parts then release a burning smell that can smell like a burning engine. It can also release a bit of smoke, but you shouldn't wait to see smoke before getting it checked out. If you begin to smell any burning or see any smoke you should have your vehicle checked immediately to avoid any risk of danger to yourself or your passengers.
If your exhaust pipe is hanging or dragging on the ground, you should have it fixed immediately. If any part of the pipe breaks, even a part that does not cause a leak, it can begin to hang under the vehicle. The dragging is not only a danger to you, but if it falls off of the vehicle it becomes a danger to the drivers around you.
If you start to smell gas inside your car when you're driving, this may be a sign of exhaust problems. It is usually caused when one of the exhaust pipes or tubes gets damaged and starts to leak. When that happens, the fumes from the gasoline escape through any place they can. Sometimes, that place is in the cabin of your car.
These are just a few ways to tell if your car is having exhaust problems. If you are at all concerned or you notice any of these symptoms in your vehicle, you should bring it to the dealer for a check-up or replacement.