The life of an exhaust system
Acid moisture is most destructive when both the engine and the exhaust system parts remain cold. When the engine and exhaust system are fully warmed up, the hot gases coming through the exhaust system evaporate the condensed acid and send it out the tail pipe. As a result, those parts closest to the engine heat up first, stay warmer longer and deteriorate more slowly than the parts farther back in the system. Consequently, exhaust manifolds, pipes and CATALYTIC CONVERTERS tend to have a much longer life expectancy than exhaust pipes, mufflers or tail pipes.
How you drive your vehicle can affect your exhaust system. Do you frequently drive short distances or do you put more highway miles on your vehicle? On cars that make many short trips, the metal parts can corrode because the exhaust system doesn’t get warm enough for water to evaporate.
The exhaust system is a complex system made up of many parts and if any of the parts are damaged, it can adversely affect the performance of the system. Replace any damaged components promptly to avoid damage to other parts and further system deterioration.
When selecting replacement parts for the exhaust system, be sure to choose quality parts that meet OEM specs. These parts are manufactured with high-quality materials that are designed to withstand the stresses of the exhaust system. Using inferior parts can compromise performance.
3 Signs it's Time for Exhaust Replace / Repair
The exhaust system is one of the hardest worked systems of your vehicle. It routes harmful fumes away from the engine and passenger cabin while increasing vehicle performance and reducing engine noise. Exhaust leaks can cause your engine to work harder than necessary, reducing fuel efficiency and putting you and your customers at risk for inhalation of hazardous fumes. If you experience any of these signs of exhaust problems contact your auto mechanic to schedule an appointment to have the issue fixed.
Decreased Fuel Efficiency
Lower MPGs can mean a lot of things but an exhaust leak is one of the more common reasons you may be spending more time at the gas pump. If there is an exhaust leak it may result in the fumes not being carried away, leaving your engine operating at a hotter temperature and reducing your fuel efficiency. If you notice a drop in MPGs, visit an BMW certified mechanic to have the problem diagnosed and repaired before it turns into a bigger problem.
Odd vibrations coming from the steering wheel or gas pedal are a sure sign of an exhaust leak. You may also feel the whole car shake if the exhaust leak is big enough. These vibrations are a safety issue as well as a car health issue, because they can alter your ability to control the vehicle with precision.
Increased Engine Noise
Most likely the first thing that you will notice if you need exhaust repair is increased engine noise. The exhaust system keeps the engine noise down so a leak will cause loud rumblings. Likely spots for an exhaust leak include the exhaust manifold and anywhere there are joints along the exhaust system. An engine leak at the manifold can greatly increase engine volume and possibly allow harmful fumes to access the passenger cabin putting you at risk of being poisoned by the toxic fumes.
If you think that you are experiencing any of these problems don't delay taking your car to the mechanic right away & here at BMW Parts Co we have many exhaust system to choose from.
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