Until a few years ago, exhaust systems were made using poor quality materials susceptible to rusting, and thus, car owners would be often required to replace their car exhaust system. Fortunately, advancing technologies and increased research and development activity within the automotive sector led to the discovery of high-quality materials that are far more durable than the materials earlier used to create car exhaust systems. More importantly, these days, car owners have become more aware of the importance of maintaining their exhaust systems so that they don’t have to replace them often.
To be able to maintain their car’s exhaust systems well, car owners must fully understand how exhaust systems work and what damages them. In this article, we cover both of these important topics.
How Does a Car Exhaust System Work?
To be able to maintain their car’s exhaust system, car owners must understand how car exhaust systems work and what causes the common problems they see in these systems.
Many car owners must have noticed water coming out of their car’s exhaust system. Those who understand how an exhaust system works also understand that this happens as the water and carbon dioxide produced as a result of the combustion of fuel get condensed on the muffler. Sometimes, this water dripping down your car combines with partially burned fuel and turns into an acidic liquid that corrodes various steel components of a car. Fortunately, this problem can be solved if car owners take one long trip instead of multiple short ones. Doing this will cause your car’s exhaust system to heat up, in turn causing the water vapors to completely dry off. More importantly, this will also help you enhance the fuel efficiency of your car as a cold engine consumes more fuel than a hot engine. These days, many homeowners get catalytic converters installed in their cars. These converters heat up the car’s exhaust system, thereby helping get rid of all the water vapors that cause steel corrosion.
What Are Some of the Things That Damage a Car’s Exhaust System?
More than anything, it is the bad habits of car owners that damage a car’s exhaust system. Here are some of these habits.
Ignoring the Check Engine Light
Many car owners continue to drive their car even when their engine light is flashing. A flashing engine light indicates a big problem with the car’s engine. Driving the car when there is a problem with the engine can lead to the catalytic converters becoming damaged. Similarly, it can also lead to overheating, which in turn, can cause the pipes of the exhaust system to become completely damaged.
Bad driving can also cause significant damage to a car’s exhaust system. Drivers who drive rash and keep bumping cars into bumps and potholes are very likely to damage their car’s exhaust system.
What Can Help?
If you care about your car, you must spend time and effort on its maintenance. Find an experienced and skilled technician and have them look at your car exhaust system from time to time. If there is a problem with the exhaust system, make sure to get it repaired on time. Ignoring your car will lead to you writing big and heavy cheques and burning holes in your pocket. More importantly, it will lead to inconvenience as ignoring your car and car exhaust system can lead to your car refusing to start when you need it the most.
Car Guys Auto Center is located at 32639 Groesbeck Hwy., Fraser. Give us a call for all your auto repair needs at 586-285-4444.