Across Apex, the Triangle, and North Carolina, a typical vehicle’s exhaust system is intended for long-term emission control and quietness. However, if the system is not maintained on a regular basis, it can also be dangerous. There are a lot of older vehicles driving around the Triangle each day. Time can take a toll.
Most of these older vehicles all have original exhaust systems that can pose serious issues. Carbon monoxide (CO) intoxication can happen at any time. Parking garages are excellent examples of where higher levels of CO can collect within a structure during busy morning entry and evening exit times.
It is important to note, as days cool toward year-end, to never warm a car up in the garage, especially if it is attached to the house. Start the vehicle and immediately (within 30 seconds) pull out of the garage and shut the door. In less than two short minutes, fumes can collect to harmful levels.
Cold engines also run rich, increasing CO levels. When the exhaust is cool to the touch, check to see if there is movement with the tailpipe. Excessive movement can often mean cracks are possible in the exhaust assembly. When it is up in the air at Premier 1 Automotive for service, we will assess the entire system to make sure there are no leaks or loose piping.
It is important to have a UL Carbon Monoxide monitor in the garage as a safety measure. Remember a well-maintained car runs cleanly with no issues. Our team can check your vehicle, change the oil, rotate the tires, and change the wiper blades as we head into the cooler months around Apex and Cary. If you have over 60,000 miles on your vehicle, let’s see if we can get it running at peak efficiency. A battery check is important as well. There are benefits in both safety and extra gas mileage that fall check-ups important.
It is also interesting to note that regular oil changes gives every vehicle a longer life. It is the best PM anyone can do.
Have a Happy Halloween and be safe, wear a mask, social distance, and always take care!
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This is yet another informational “Tips from the Hood!” article for our great customers and potential customers!
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