It is almost Halloween in the Triangle. And it is scary to see a lot older cars driving around Cary and Apex. A vehicle pulls up at the light and there is an array of sounds coming from the exhaust system, or what is left of it. The noise is coming from the underside of the vehicle. It is distracting, and it can also be unsafe.
The vehicle we often hear like this needs repair. Premier One Automotive in Apex NC calls this situation serious. It is important to note that no one should ignore a loud exhaust. It can be deadly. Even the smallest amounts of exhaust fumes (Carbon Monoxide) that enter the trunk and interior can cause judgment and perception difficulty, and sadly it can lead to a fatality.
Around our area of the Triangle, with little or no salt or snow in cold weather, vehicles can still look okay after 10 years. Regardless, the exhaust systems need professional attention and a checkup every year.
A bad, leaky or broken exhaust can:
- Create poor gas mileage
- Can cause engine lights to go on
- Be hard on valves and pistons
- Can damage O2 sensors
Over a period of time, cars and trucks can often have holes in the exhaust system that drivers are not even aware of or even know about. Today’s power windows, air conditioning, great sound systems and the noise from the backseat filled with children can often camouflage a lot of exterior exhaust noise.
Although gas is rather inexpensive as we head to the end of 2019, good exhaust systems save gas and money. The fact that we do a lot of short trips around town, condensation (collected water) and moisture that can collect along the piping, and especially in and outside of the muffler and they never, ever dry out. This water mixes with exhaust sulfur and creates mass corrosion over a period of time.
One important area of trouble is the manifold that connects to the engine. Only a close inspection can detect a bad exhaust manifold gasket. The piping, muffler, resonator, and converter need regular inspection as well. This usually happens years after the manufacturer warranty expires.
Replacing the system is simple. Protect the car interior from carbon monoxide. Note CO leakage will give people headaches, dizziness, nausea, and tiredness. These signs might ease when not in the vehicle. Let Premier 1 Automotive check your exhausts system soon with an appointment at 919 387 6800. We want everyone safe and sound and driving for a long time.
Enjoy the cool Triangle weather as we head to the end of 2019 and the start of 2020.
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