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DOES MY CAR HAVE AN EXHAUST LEAK?

Despite having almost no moving parts the exhaust system is one of the hardest worked systems in your car, truck or SUV. It removes harmful fumes from the engine in order to increase performance,reduce engine noise and convert hazardous gases into less harmful emissions.. Exhaust problems cause your engine to work harder than necessary which will reduce your vehicle’s fuel efficiency and could put you at risk of breathing of toxic fumes. If you experience any of these signs of exhaust problems contact your auto mechanic right away to have the issued properly diagnosed and repaired.

Decreased Fuel Efficiency

One of the signs of a potential exhaust leak is a reduction in fuel efficiency. An exhaust leak means can alter the readings of the oxygen sensor, which is located in the exhaust system. A leak prior to the sensor will cause high O2 readings, which will result in the vehicle burning additional gasoline than is necessary. A leak could cause a reduction in fuel efficiency by as much as 25 percent.

Increased Engine Noise

One of the first things you may notice if you have an exhaust system problem is increased engine noise. This is a sure sign of an exhaust leak. Likely locations of a 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 fumes.

Vibrations

If you notice odd vibrations in the steering wheel or the gas pedal there is a good chance of a pinhole leak somewhere in the exhaust system. Finding the leak can be difficult and should be done by an expert auto mechanic.
If you notice any of these problems it is important to take your car to a local mechanic right away so that you can ensure you’re not at risk of inhaling harmful exhaust fumes and your car’s engine can operate properly. For expert exhaust repair in Coeur d’Alene visit Lake City Auto Repair. Our Hayden auto repair shop services all makes and models! Give us a call at 208-772-1450 to make an appointment today!

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