June 28, 2021

Why a little exhaust leak is a big deal?

Your exhaust parts have a very important role in the environment. Their job is to make toxic gases less harmful before they are released from your vehicle into the environment.

Exhaust leakage can lead to:

  • Odorless, dangerous vapors harmful to life
  • Failed emissions inspections

This is often a neglected system because it is located under the truck, in a not-so-visible place, so it is very easy to forget.

In this blog, you can learn how to diagnose a potential exhaust leak and prevent traffic accidents.

1. SMELL OF GAS
Toxic exhaust fumes have no odor, but the smell of gas in the cabin can be a sign that there is a leak in the exhaust system.

This is especially the case with the leakage of the exhaust pipe, which enables the penetration of gases into the passenger cabin of the truck.

Some people enjoy the smell of gasoline, but the smell while driving is a sure sign that something is wrong.

2. NOISE FROM THE ENGINE
This is a very common sign that something is wrong with your exhaust system. If you hear a loud rumble as you accelerate or intermittently jump while your engine is running, you must go to the first service.

3. POWER AND ACCELERATION LOSS
Not only can a leaking exhaust system affect the exhaust gases they release into nature, but it can also affect the performance of your engine.

This could be a sign of a malfunction in other parts of the truck as well, however, when there is a problem with exhaust leaks, you will notice that your truck is not accelerating as usual.

4. LOWER FUEL ECONOMY
Exhaust leakage can also affect your engine and fuel economy. The air-to-fuel ratio of your truck might be thrown off balance, which causes your engine to run less efficiently overall.

This could lead to more frequent truck stops to refuel and, of course, increase fuel costs.

HOW TO PREVENT AN EXHAUST LEAK?
Now that we know why a little leak is a big deal, it is also important to know how to prevent it.

Here are some tips on how to do it:

  • Check your system after driving on rocky (harsh) roads
  • Watch out for rust and corrosion damage
  • Keep an eye on exhaust security components
  • Inspect the exhaust system regularly and replace parts when needed.

Investing a little of your time every day to check the exhaust system of your truck can be of great importance, because, at the end of the day, the safety of drivers and other vehicles comes first!

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