Any vehicle’s exhaust system can be damaged by weather changes and humidity. Due to ineffective venting, rusted-out exhaust systems not only increase the risk of dangerous carbon-monoxide fumes leaking into your vehicle’s cabin but also significantly reduces your vehicle’s performance.
Some of the common signs of exhaust system damage include weird smells and knocking or rattling emanating from the exhaust system.
Excessive noise from your vehicle’s exhaust is one of the main symptoms of a damaged muffler. Your vehicle’s exhaust will sound different or will emit a distinct tone. There are several causes of these noises, including rusted mufflers, leaking manifold gaskets, and cracked exhaust systems.
Having excessive noise could lead to performance loss, lower fuel economy, or even fines if you don’t address it immediately.
Dropped Muffler: Knocking or banging noises coming from your vehicle’s underside may indicate a damaged muffler or exhaust. The muffler or exhaust pipe can drag along the ground due to a broken exhaust pipe or loose exhaust mounts. To avoid further damage and eliminate any risk associated with this, a fine should be imposed as soon as possible.
Rough Idling: The main sign of rough idling is the distinct bouncing and shaking sensation of a vehicle when in idle mode. Other indicators of rough idling include inconsistent RPM counts and other odd sounds.
While there are many causes of rough idling, a collapsed or clogged muffler is one of the most common ones. A disintegrating catalytic converter and/or any impact damage that causes the walls of the muffler to collapse are some of the main causes of a clogged muffler. In addition to rough idling, a clogged muffler can lead to loss of engine power and difficulty in starting the engine altogether.
If you spot any of the above signs, it is recommended that you take your vehicle in for an exhaust system check, and, where necessary, get the problem fixed before it gets worse.
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