Car Exhaust: Function and Cosmetic Appeal
When you’re buying a used or a new car, one of the first things you’ll want to do is take a look at the car’s exhaust system. The car exhaust directly impacts the way your car drives and the gas mileage it will get. It can be a cosmetic detail to some people as well, but that’s another topic. In this article I’ll discuss the importance of a properly functioning exhaust system.
Think of the car exhaust system as the lungs of your car. It allows air to run through the engine and spits it back out. The way this is executed will affect the performance of your car. A poor exhaust system will result in you getting poor gas mileage and in a worst case scenario, you won’t pass the emission test.
If you detect a fault in your exhaust, find out what needs to be changed because the exhaust system is a complex one and is made up of different parts. You might have to change a part completely, and other times you’ll just have to tighten a loose bolt. A quick fix might be the solution to your problems.
If you are looking for a quality manufactured exhaust, consider buying one made of stainless steel or aluminium. Some manufacturers produce them with lower quality steel, so ask around and try to avoid such manufacturers. Aluminium and stainless steel will last you a lifetime, and even though a more expensive option, buying one will pay out in the long run.
For some people, especially those who are into sports cars, the cosmetic appeal of the exhaust is a pretty important deal. The way it sounds and the way it looks can be a determining factor to some people in their choice for an exhaust. However, people who want to go for a cosmetically appealing exhaust, need to know that it can come at the cost of performance.
The noise is impacted by the size of the muffler, and a larger muffler is needed for louder rumble. Bear in mind that a larger muffler will let out too much air. Do a thorough research on things like these to know what you are getting yourself into, and know the prices that you will have to pay with performance for appeal.
So to conclude, the exhaust system is an essential part of your car and you should do some research about it, regardless whether you are buying a new car or a used one. Having an efficient exhaust system will save you gas (and money) mileage and will improve the function of your car.