How to Maintain Your Exhaust
A vehicle’s exhaust system is crucial to the proper functioning of the vehicle itself as well as the safety of the passengers.
This is why it is so important for vehicle owners to be proactive in ensuring that their vehicle’s exhaust system is working as it should be.
Here are 3 easy things all vehicle owners can do to make sure their exhaust system stays in tip-top shape.
1. Keep an Eye Out for Leaks
The exhaust system deals with harmful fumes and lots of pressure. This means that leaks can easily develop. It is important for vehicle owners to be vigilant of exhaust fumes coming out from the bottom of the vehicle, but also particularly dark exhaust smoke being released from the tailpipe.
The best way to check this is to safely park a vehicle and step out to inspect the bottom of the vehicle and tailpipe to make sure that everything looks good. Be sure to keep your nose open for any strange smells coming from the vehicle if is running as well. If you notice any of the above signs, it is time to get your vehicle into a qualified exhaust specialist right away.
2. Check Under the Vehicle Regularly to Ensure That Nothing Is Sagging
Performing regular visual inspections of your vehicle’s exhaust system will not only help ensure that everything is in tip-top shape, but also that a small issue doesn’t turn into an expensive one.
Exhaust systems are complicated and made up of various interconnected components. This means that if one small component breaks, numerous parts could eventually be affected. This is why it is important to take an exhaust system into a specialist right away if you notice any of the components of the vehicle are hanging low or sagging or that the tailpipe is loose.
3. Don’t Ignore the Check Engine Light
Many people don’t realize that if the check engine light comes on, this might indicate a potential issue with the exhaust system since it is so directly related to the health and performance of the engine itself.
If the check engine light comes on, or you notice that anything else seems off, don’t wait. Take your vehicle in a qualified specialist right away. At A1A Exhaust Tech, we have the knowledge and expertise to get your exhaust system back in top working order and get you back on the road as soon as possible.