Can Exhaust System Problems Affect My Car’s Performance?

Yes, if your car’s exhaust system is clogged, leaking, or otherwise damaged, it will affect the vehicle’s performance. Trinity Automotive can inspect your exhaust system to find the problem so we can fix it. Many things can go wrong with an older exhaust, especially if your vehicle has not been maintained properly. Let’s talk about exhaust system problems below.

Clogged Catalytic Converter

The catalytic converter can be clogged by the very exhaust it treats. This usually happens in cars that have reached a decade in their lifespan. When the catalytic converter gets clogged, you will have engine performance problems (more on that below), exhaust that smells like rotten eggs, and overheating.

Rumbling and Loud Engine

Your exhaust system can also tell you that it’s got a problem in the form of a lot of noise. If your car, truck, or C/SUV’s engine is suddenly loud and rumbling all the time, you need a new muffler. The existing muffler is damaged – likely a hole – and can no longer muffle the engine’s noise.

Sputtering/Lagging Engine

Your engine will also sputter and lag if the exhaust system or catalytic converter is clogged. This is because the exhaust is left in the combustion chamber rather than moved out of the tailpipe. Unfortunately, a leaking exhaust system can also cause engine and acceleration lag.

Reduction in Fuel Economy

Naturally, if your engine is not running efficiently, the fuel economy will take a hit. This is not good news for those on a tight budget. You cannot afford to fill the tank more often, but you may need to. You must have the exhaust system problems repaired in order to restore your vehicle’s fuel economy.

Burning Engine Bay Smells

A leaking exhaust manifold gasket will create burning odors in the engine bay. It will also overheat your engine every time you drive the automobile. The exhaust manifold gasket can crack because it deals with a ton of pressure and heat. When it does, it releases hot exhaust into the engine.

Damage to the Exhaust Pipe

The exhaust pipe – you know it as the tailpipe – can get damaged easily because of where it is located. It gets pelted by road debris, hit on bumps, and jarred in automobile accidents. If your exhaust pipe is damaged, it’s best to replace it as soon as possible to keep the exhaust flowing.

Trinity Automotive in Blaine or White Bear Lake, MN, would be happy to inspect your exhaust system and repair it if necessary. Call us today.

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