Use your five senses when a car exhaust leak is suspected. Swap out the sense of taste for common sense, though, because you’re not about to lick a failing exhaust pipe. Anyways, the symptoms we’re looking for are likely to cause a racket, and they’ll probably stink. Finally, look for clouds of nasty gases. Better yet, come with us now as we describe these common symptoms.
Noise and Vibrations
A performance-tuned exhaust roar is loud, but there’s a feeling of refined control behind the sonic rumbling. Damaged car exhaust systems, on the other hand, create a hissing and crackling racket. Listen for the irregular sputtering tones as a rusted or blown seam is forced open. The backpressure is leaking, perhaps before any hazardous emissions are scrubbed from the discharge. A “bad vibes” feeling often accompanies the noise. The harsh metallic reverberations propagate through the chassis, run up the steering wheel, and reduce the vehicle’s handling characteristics.
Living with Engine Distress
Clouds of smoke indicate a definite cause for concern. Sometimes the problem is related to a corroded or damaged exhaust pipe. Perhaps there’s too much condensation in the line. White vapours are generated as the water exits the tailpipe. Of course, if this event continues, or the smoke changes to a darker colour, the troubleshooting procedure needs to move backwards so that the engine can be checked for problems. Back at the tailpipe, though, the invisible emissions aren’t finding their way to the terminating end of the system. The pinhole leak or corroded pipe is corrupting backpressure release. As a result, the engine strains loudly as the leakage increases. Also, this poor pressure discharge issue causes fuel consumption efficiency to drop. This symptom, unfortunately, hits drivers right in the wallet.
A white cloud of water vapour is distracting. A reduced MPG figure is costly, perhaps even environmentally damaging. Even the noise and vibrations hamper vehicle handling while causing nearby pedestrians to throw the loud vehicle an occasional dirty glance. But there’s a far more serious matter to consider. A car’s emissions are mostly invisible. There’s carbon monoxide in the toxic soup and other poisonous residual gases to contend with. If the damaged portion of the exhaust system is located beneath the passenger compartment, well, the colourless and odourless cloud could enter the driver’s lung’s, thus putting everyone in the vehicle at serious risk of inhalation danger. Play it safe, get that car down to the garage today. You can contact Trufit Exhaust in Melbourne as they are always happy to be at your service. Call now 0395555688.