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What You Need To Know About Car Exhausts

Aug 18, 2007
Your car's exhaust is vital to its health, yours and your passenger's. An exhaust not working properly is disaster waiting to happen. Not only will your car and travel be noisy, you and your passengers may end up sick, too. Here are some information on exhausts.

What is an Exhaust?

An exhaust is the system comprising of engine parts through which steam or burned gases are discharged. It is a group of pipes that connects a catalytic converter and a silencer to the engine. The tailpipe of the exhaust is that part you can see that stretches from the car's back part. Joining it is the silencer that consists of metal tubes or plates with holes in them. The holes help reduce the pressure produced by the exhaust gases. With several pipes, the silencer is then connected to a catalytic converter then to the engine.

How does the exhaust system work?

As mentioned earlier, the exhaust's silencer works to reduce noise levels. Containing a tube set made to reflect sound waves made by the engine, sound waves are canceled out. Meanwhile, the exhaust pipes are intended to guide exhaust fumes directly behind the car than anywhere else. Then acting as a funnel is the exhaust manifold. It gathers exhaust gases from the engine cylinders, freeing them at a single opening known as the front pipe.

What are the functions of an exhaust?

The exhaust has four main uses. One, it improves the consumption of fuel. Second, it enhances the engine's performance. Third, it leads exhaust fumes off from the passengers inside the vehicle. And lastly, it helps control the noise of the engine.

How long does an exhaust last?

An exhaust will last depending on how far you travel or how often you use your car. Cars that are driven for short trips are more inclined to corrode its exhaust than those cars used for long trips. Therefore, the extent of time you use your car won't matter in the exhaust's duration.

What happens if the exhaust fails?

A failing exhaust will let your car fail in the required MOT test. If your exhaust system has holes, your car would be emitting toxic fumes. Remember, exhaust emissions consists of pollutants including carbon monoxide. Carbon Monoxide can suppress the blood's capability in absorbing oxygen thus causing minor or major health setbacks such as headaches and chest pains. In other words, if you have a faulty exhaust, you, your passenger's and your car's health is in danger.
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