5 Signs You Might Have an Exhaust System Problem

The exhaust system is a very important component of any vehicle. It diverts dangerous exhaust fumes away from the engine (and away from the passenger cabin, as well). This enables your engine to perform better without contaminants. The exhaust fumes are sent through the catalytic converter, which burns off most of the deadly gasses and is vital for emissions standards. Then, the fumes are pumped through the muffler, which reduces noise output, and finally expelled through the rear exhaust pipe(s).

If any of these components are damaged, have leaks or are not working properly, it can lead to major engine problems. Deadly carbon monoxide can also back up and leak into the vehicle itself, which is bad for the driver and any passengers.

Below are some common symptoms of exhaust system problems that you may notice when driving your car. At the first sign of exhaust issues, you should bring your vehicle into an expert auto repair shop like Simard Automotive. A professional technician will be able to diagnose the problem and recommend the proper repairs for improved emissions and better overall exhaust system performance.

Here are the signs you can look for:

1. Strange Noises When Accelerating

If the car gets unusually loud or there is any kind or rattling noises when you accelerate, it could be an exhaust system issue (likely the muffler or a leak in one of the pipes) or something else (engine or transmission) worth getting checked out.

2. Check Engine Light is On

The check engine light may come on for any number of reasons, and a faulty exhaust system is one of them. If the check engine light is ever flashing, that means it’s an urgent problem. Get off the road as quickly as you can and call for help.

3. Vibrations

If you are driving and the car is vibrating or losing power, it may be an exhaust system problem that you will want to get inspected by an expert mechanic.

4. Strange Smells

Exhaust fumes have a very unpleasant smell. If the smells get really strong when you are inside the vehicle, there may be an exhaust leak or the catalytic converter is failing. You won’t want to take any chances of carbon monoxide poisoning.

5. Decreased Fuel Efficiency

If you drive your car regularly, you will have a pretty good idea of the standard gas mileage it gets on a full tank. If you notice that the vehicle isn’t getting its normal fuel efficiency, it may be an exhaust system issue or it could be something else.

If you notice any of these signs, you will want to get your exhaust system and other vital vehicle systems inspected by the team at Simard Automotive. We are experts in all aspects of auto repair, including exhaust repair and emissions performance for vehicles of all types.

Call either one of Simard Automotive’s Fairbanks auto repair shops at (855) 690-0889 (5200 Aeronca Ave.) or (855) 639-5001 (768 Gaffney Rd.). Or, use our convenient online appointment scheduler to arrange your next shop visit.


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