EXHAUST 101 FROM YOUR MA MECHANIC
While every component of your vehicle plays a vital role in the overall performance and safety, your exhaust system is especially crucial. Often overlooked by many drivers, your exhaust MA mechanic will help ensure your exhaust remains in tip-top shape. With components like the catalytic converter and oxygen sensor, your vehicle provides safety not only to you and your passengers but also to the environment.
Regardless of your vehicle expertise, every driver should understand certain features and functions of their vehicle. Here, we’re taking a closer look inside the intricate workings of your exhaust system.
THE FUNCTION OF AN EXHAUST SYSTEM.
Your exhaust is more than a pipe from the backend of your vehicle. Instead, it is an intricate system of components working together to help move and filter gases out and away from your vehicle, ensuring optimal safety for all.
For example, the catalytic converter helps turn harmful gases into a lesser threat. Thus, if the converter begins to deteriorate, harmful gases are no longer burned as efficiently. This incident also affects the oxygen sensors that are mounted within the exhaust system. So, as you can see, one piece of the system affects the operation as a whole.
HOW YOUR MA MECHANIC CAN HELP.
Like any aspect of your vehicle, regular maintenance will keep your vehicle performing at its best. While our experts at Ray’s Automotive will gladly recommend a routine schedule, there are outside factors that play a role as well. Below are a few of those factors:
- Driving habits – shorter trips take a greater toll on the exhaust system than longer ones.
- Road conditions – salty winter roads and potholes can damage your exhaust components.
- Age of the current exhaust system and the components.
- Type of vehicle you drive – a diesel truck will differ from a hybrid coupe.
SALT OR SAND
Having a bag of sand or salt is convenient for a few reasons. If your vehicle is stuck in snow or ice, you can scatter some salt or sand around the tires. This will help provide better traction for your vehicle to get out and back on the road. Bags of salt or sand in the back of rear-wheel vehicles can also provide some extra traction in the winter.
A drop in temperature affects your battery by putting stress on it. It also takes more energy for your battery to start when you start your car. It’s a good idea to keep jumper cables in your car, especially if your battery is older than three years.
REGARDLESS, IF ANY ASPECT OF YOUR EXHAUST SYSTEM STARTS TO FAIL, THERE ARE SIGNS TO LET YOU KNOW.
- Usual rattling when starting the vehicle, accelerating, or braking
- Unpleasant “egg” type odors
When it comes to your exhaust system, staying on top of routine maintenance is a must. With help from your trusted mechanic in MA, Ray’s Automotive, you can have peace of mind that your vehicle is the safest it can be!
To schedule your appointment with Ray’s please call 978.372.9611.