Your vehicle's factory exhaust system is responsible for collecting the harmful byproducts generated as your engine consumes fuel. That keeps the air cleaner, which is good for you, your passengers, and the environment. The exhaust system helps to limit the noise level produced during the process as well.
How an Exhaust Works
The pollutants first go through your catalytic converter. Metals like palladium, platinum, and rhodium capture the toxic molecules and separate them into nitrogen and oxygen. The nitrogen is retained, while oxygen is permitted to pass on through the system. The process consumes carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons, leaving water vapor and carbon monoxide.
Next, the exhaust manifold directs the gases to the exhaust pipe, where they're emitted harmlessly into the air. While that happens, the muffler and resonator optimize air flow and reduce engine noise.
How to Spot Exhaust System Issues
Unfortunately, even the best exhaust system can begin to go bad. Signs of this include:
- Worsening fuel efficiency
- You detect the scent of rotten eggs in the air
- The "Check Engine" dash light comes on
- You hear strange noises from the muffler or exhaust pipe
Genuine OEM Exhaust Parts Perform Best
When you need to replace an exhaust system component, be sure to get the best for your model. That means shopping ones made by your manufacturer, since they were designed specifically to fit your vehicle. Have questions? Contact us and speak with one of our experts. They're happy to make sure that you get exactly what you need to complete your project. Buy now, and we'll ship your order out ASAP!
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