If you live in a larger city, you may be subject to emissions testing. If you fail your emissions test, you may need to get your exhaust system repaired or replaced. The team at RJ's Auto Repair can diagnose and repair your exhaust system and help you pass your emissions test.
While your exhaust system helps reduce noise output from your vehicle, it also significantly reduces harmful emissions from being released into the air. When your muffler and exhaust system functions properly, it significantly reduces your vehicle’s harmful impact on the environment. It also significantly improves the functionality of your vehicle.
Your vehicle’s exhaust system involves several components. The exhaust manifolds right behind the engine collect exhaust gases and connect to cylinder heads. Gases collected by your vehicle’s exhaust manifolds are analyzed by oxygen sensors and refined by catalytic converters before being muffled by the mufflers. By the time these gases reach the muffler, the emissions system has made your car run smoother, quieter and cleaner.
If any of the components of your vehicle’s exhaust system fail, your gas mileage and quality of air around you can be affected. The expert team at RJ's Auto Repair can inspect and repair your entire exhaust system to ensure your vehicle is running cleanly.
Your exhaust system is more than a muffler. It is a series of pipes that run under your car connecting to your muffler and catalytic converter. The exhaust system controls noise and funnels exhaust fumes away from passengers.
In some ways, your car’s exhaust system works like a chimney on a house, directing the byproducts from burning fuel away from the people inside. A car’s exhaust system routes waste gases from the engine to the rear of the car, where they are released into the atmosphere. Exhaust gases contain dangerous substances (such as carbon monoxide) and can be hazardous if allowed to flow into your vehicle’s cab.
The exhaust system also converts pollutants into less harmful byproducts, reduces engine noise, and directs exhaust gases to heat air and fuel before the fuel goes into the engine’s cylinders. Finally, the exhaust system provides the correct amount of back pressure into the engine to improve its fuel-burning efficiency and increase performance.
Key components of your exhaust system include:
Exhaust Pipes: Designed specifically for each model, this pipe is used to properly route exhaust to the back of the vehicle.
Exhaust Manifold: Acting like a funnel, the exhaust manifold collects the gases from all cylinders and releases them through a single opening. Some engines have two exhaust manifolds.
Catalytic Converter: The catalytic converter reduces harmful emissions and transforms pollutants into water vapor and other less harmful gases.
Muffler: The muffler is a metal container with holes, baffles, and chambers that reduces exhaust noise.
Resonator: The resonator works with the muffler to reduce noise.
Tail Pipe: Found at the back of the car, the tail pipe carries exhaust gases away from the vehicle.