Mufflers And Exhaust Systems

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Mufflers And Exhaust Systems

Overview
We understand how essential your exhaust system is to your car’s performance.
We are the specialists in exhaust system replacement and offer a choice of quality replacement exhaust parts, both stainless steel and aluminum, that are designed to fit most foreign or domestic cars, SUV’s or light trucks.
Why do you need an exhaust system?
Your exhaust system maintains engine performance, reduces noise and harmful emissions through the use of the catalytic converter. A damaged or faulty exhaust system increases the amount of discharged pollutants that are harmful to the environment, reduces the engines operating efficiency and as a result increases fuel consumption.
What is a resonator?
Some vehicles have a resonator, which in combination with the muffler further reduces the sound that is produced by your engine. It looks similar to a muffler and contains a specific volume of air and exact length for your vehicle to help cancel out certain frequencies of sound in the exhaust.
What is a muffler?
If you’ve ever heard a car running without a muffler, you know what a huge difference a muffler makes to the noise level. Inside a muffler, you’ll find a deceptively simple set of tubes with holes in them. These tubes and chambers are as finely tuned as a musical instrument. They are designed to reflect the sound waves produced by the engine in such a way that they partially cancel themselves out.
Warning Signs
* The smell of exhaust fumes may indicate an exhaust leak that can be potential dangerous to you as carbon monoxide may seep into the vehicle.
* The smell of rotten eggs or burning could indicate a problem with the catalytic converter.
* If your check engine or service engine light comes on it may indicate a faulty or failing catalytic converter.
* If you hear rattling sounds the most common cause is loose clamps or brackets. Loose clamps and brackets can be tightened but any corroded elements must be replaced.
* If your vehicle sounds louder than normal or you hear a ticking sound when accelerating may indicate an exhaust leak due to corrosion.
Note: Excessive idling allows water to condense in your exhaust system, which can lead to corrosion.
Emissions
What is an oxygen sensor?
The oxygen sensor is positioned in the exhaust pipe and the goal of the sensor is to help the engine run efficiently and produce as few emissions as possible. It monitors the amount of oxygen found in the exhaust gases and communicates to information to the engine’s computer. The computer then adjusts the mixture to ensure the cleanest combustion possible.
What is a catalytic converter?
The catalytic converter closely resembles a muffler in appearance but its primary function is to reduce the harmful emissions in a vehicles exhaust. It changes carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons and oxides of nitrogen into harmless carbon dioxides, nitrogen, oxygen and water. The catalytic converter achieves optimum performance at between 450 and 800 degrees Celsius and when fully warmed up contributes to better fuel economy and cleaner exhaust.