Exhaust Issues? Here’s How You Can Tell

Your car’s exhaust system does a lot more than just put fumes out into the air. Young Automotive wants to help you to be able to notice when there might be something wrong with your car’s exhaust system so that you can take action quickly.

Really Bad Gas Mileage

Gas mileage is a big indication that something is wrong somewhere. There can be a few different causes of poor fuel mileage, but if you know that you’ve done things like get the oil changed when you should, then you need to look at other possible causes. The reason that the exhaust system affects fuel efficiency rests in what the exhaust system does. It clears the engine after combustion, so if it isn’t doing that, the engine can’t run the way it’s designed to run and it burns more gas than it should.

The Engine Is Loud

Your car’s exhaust system also helps with muting engine noise. If there’s a leak or a failed part somewhere in the exhaust system, then it can’t mute engine noise nearly as effectively as it is supposed to do. You might hear it inside the car, but you may also hear from other people that your car is a lot louder than it used to be.

The Exhaust Is Smelly

Are you smelling exhaust fumes? If they’re outside the car and you’re just smelling more exhaust than usual, that might be a smaller problem that still needs to be addressed. But if you’re smelling exhaust fumes inside the passenger area of your car, that’s a big sign that there is something wrong. You need to have your car’s exhaust system inspected right away.

The Car Is Telling You There’s Something Wrong

When the car tells you something isn’t right, you need to listen. In the case of exhaust issues, the most common way that your car will communicate that there’s something wrong is by showing you the check engine light. Remember how closely the exhaust system and engine work? When the exhaust system isn’t holding up its end of the deal, that can eventually damage the engine and your car’s computer wants you to know about that.

Need help diagnosing exhaust system issues? Contact Young Automotive in Sturgeon Bay, WI right away. We’ll be happy to perform diagnostic testing and determine what’s going on so that you can make an educated decision about what repairs your car needs from this point forward.

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