Your car’s exhaust system is composed of several different parts that carry gas from the engine after the internal combustion takes place. The result of engine combustion is exhaust fumes, which are typically made of carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxide, and sulfur dioxide. These fumes can be harmful to the environment if they’re not handled correctly. The exhaust system starts at your vehicle’s cylinders where the combustion takes place and then usually extends to the back of your vehicle where the fumes are safely released. Take a closer look at the components of an exhaust system below to help you understand more about our services.
The Exhaust Manifold
When your car’s engine pistons cycle, the exhaust gas is released from the engine due to high pressure as the pistons move. Once these gasses leave the engine chamber, they enter your exhaust manifold. This part is typically made of four separate pipes that are all directly connected to your engine. After the gases leave the manifold, they’re channeled into one pipe where they move to the catalytic converter.
The Catalytic Converter
Your catalytic converter helps to reduce air pollution by removing harmful gases. This crucial part of your exhaust system converts toxic gases into less harmful ones, particularly carbon monoxide. It oxidizes the gas and turns it into less harmful CO2, also known as carbon dioxide. Once the emissions exit the catalytic converter, they continue on through the muffler.
When you think of your exhaust system, you probably think of the muffler first. This crucial part makes sure that the noise created from engine combustion is reduced or muffled. If you’ve ever heard a really loud car, it’s likely because it is missing its muffler or the muffler itself is broken or cracked. The muffler absorbs a lot of noise thanks to several chambers that take the exhaust fumes and moves them into one pipe, then pushes them out through another. As the sound travels through the muffler, a resonator keeps the sound waves reduced. Eventually, the gases travel all the way through your muffler until they’re expelled through the tailpipe or some other outlet.
If you’re concerned about noise or you’re worried about your car’s emissions, come see us today. We can take a close look at your entire exhaust system and look for damage, then we’ll make any necessary repairs to keep your car running cleanly and worry-free.
For all your vehicle service and repair needs, visit Righter’s Auto Repair in Grand Ledge or Lansing, MI and schedule an appointment today!