Do I Need to Replace My Dented Tailpipe?

Yes, it is a good idea to replace your automobile’s tailpipe if it is damaged. The tailpipe is the final exhaust system part through which exhaust flows. The tailpipe releases the exhaust into the environment and away from the vehicle. Ideal Automotive advises that a damaged tailpipe may cause problems with the exhaust system. Here are other signs your exhaust system is having problems.

An Engine That Is Too Loud

The muffler reduces the amount of noise that your engine produces. This is important because all vehicles are held to noise abatement laws. In other words, if your muffler has a hole in it and your engine is extremely loud, you might get a moving violation.

Decreased Engine Power

Your vehicle’s exhaust system can get clogged or start to leak as it gets old. When this happens, you may end up with a decrease in the power the engine is producing. This will affect your vehicle’s acceleration and how well it operates at higher speeds. Your engine may struggle to accelerate and may sputter once you’ve reached the speed at which you wish to drive.

A Reduction in Fuel Economy

Naturally, this is a sign that the engine is not running efficiently. When the exhaust system gets clogged or leaks, the exhaust either remains in the combustion chamber or fills the engine, respectively. This is what affects your engine’s performance and causes it to lag. Consequently, the engine will burn more fuel in an effort to produce power and you will realize a reduction in your fuel economy.

Burning Odors in the Engine

You may also smell burning odors coming from the engine if the exhaust system is leaking. Specifically, you may smell burning plastic as the scorching exhaust melts plastic engine parts. You may also smell burning rubber, because these parts are also susceptible to melting. Usually, this is a sign that the exhaust manifold gasket has cracked and is releasing exhaust into the engine.

Gas Odors Inside the Vehicle

Finally, another indication that your exhaust system is clogged or leaking is exhaust odors inside the vehicle. You may be able to smell gas or diesel fuel while you are driving. It is important that you pull over and call for a tow truck. Continuing to inhale the vehicle’s exhaust could give you carbon monoxide poisoning.

Ideal Automotive in Blaine, MN, is here to help, so call us today if your tailpipe is dented or your vehicle is having any of the other exhaust system problems discussed in this blog.

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