WHAT PARTS ARE IN THE EXHAUST SYSTEM?
The exhaust system is a part of the vehicle that often goes unnoticed, no matter how much noise it makes or how much harmful toxins it emits. From the front seat, it may be hard for drivers to even recognize what condition their vehicle’s exhaust system is in. The purpose of the exhaust system is to flush the toxic fumes from the engine out the rear end of the car, and away from the passengers. The team at KD Automotive in Redmond, WA has a team of exhaust system repair specialists ready to perform any inspection, maintenance, repair, or part replacement services to your vehicle’s exhaust system.
The first major component in your vehicle’s exhaust system is the exhaust manifold. This is where all of the engine’s fuel/air mixture from the cylinders are sent. These engine gases are burnt and collected by the exhaust manifold to be dispersed into the rest of the exhaust system. Your exhaust manifold may need to be repaired or replaced if you notice a few warning signs, such as a noisy exhaust, decreased power and acceleration, or decreased fuel efficiency. You also might notice strong odors coming from your engine or exhaust system.
Another major component of your vehicle’s exhaust system is the muffler. It’s job is mainly to handle the loud sounds that are created by the engine’s pistons and valves. Many vehicle owners will adjust the muffler and exhaust system to increase the volume of the sound pressure created. While the muffler is an important part of the exhaust system and can help stop the random spilling of exhaust gases, it does not have a direct effect on the engine’s performance.
Your vehicle’s catalytic converter is designed to convert the engine’s harmful gases into less harmful emissions. In order to protect yourself and your fellow passengers, and the environment, the catalytic convertor will turn carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, and hydrocarbons into non-toxic gases like carbon dioxide, nitrogen, and oxygen. The catalytic convertor will prevent you from inhaling harmful fumes from the engine. It’s typically coated with several metals that convert about 90% of the harmful emissions.