Things to Know About Your Vehicle's Exhaust System - Service Information to Know from Hanson KIA

April 9, 2019

The exhaust system in your Kia is sometimes easy to forget about, but it's vitally important. Not only does it help your car perform at its best, but it protects your health and safety. The service center at Hanson Kia regularly gets questions about the exhaust system, and we answer some of the most common ones here. If you have any other questions after reading the information below, please contact us. Our technicians will be glad to help you with anything you might need.

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3. What Does the Exhaust System Do?

Unless you're driving an all-electric vehicle like the Kia Soul EV, your car is likely powered by a combustion engine. The combustion process produces exhaust fumes, which can be hazardous to your health. In fact, it can even cause carbon monoxide poisoning. The primary purpose of the exhaust system is to move these gases out of the engine and away from the cabin. In addition, modern exhaust systems will also reduce the harmful emissions your car puts out. It will also decrease engine sound and can improve fuel efficiency.

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2. What Are the Parts of the Exhaust System?

At its heart, the exhaust system has four major components. The gases are collected from the combustion chambers by the exhaust manifold, which is connected to the engine. The gases then make their way through the catalytic converter. Here, some of the more toxic exhaust gases are converted into less dangerous forms. Once the exhaust has been cleaned by the catalytic converter, it passes through pipes which run the length of the vehicle. After traveling through the muffler, which decreases the noise from the engine, the exhaust is expelled through the tailpipe.

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Though these are the four main parts of the exhaust system, there are several other components that make everything work together. From oxygen sensors to hangers and joints, the exhaust system has a number of components that make it function properly.

1. What Are Signs of Trouble with the Exhaust System?

As you can imagine, an exhaust system that isn't functioning properly can cause lots of problems. Because of the different components that make up the system, there can be many different symptoms. If the muffler is damaged, the engine will sound much louder. The check engine light may turn on if there's a problem with the catalytic converter or the oxygen sensors. In addition, a sudden decrease in fuel efficiency might mean that the system has a problem.

One of the most important symptoms to be aware of is an exhaust smell. If you smell exhaust in your cabin, there may be a leak or other damage to the exhaust system. Driving could be dangerous in this case, and we recommend having your Kia towed to an authorized service center.

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