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Helpful Tips for Caring for Your Car's Exhaust System

When many people think of exhaust problems, they think of a loud muffler. However, your car's exhaust system does more than just keep your car running quietly. A well-maintained exhaust is good for you and your passengers, your wallet, and the environment.

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Importance of a Well-Maintained Exhaust System

Your car's exhaust system has four main parts. Together, these parts play an important role in how well your car runs.

  1. Exhaust manifold
  2. Catalytic converter
  3. Muffler
  4. Exhaust pipe

The exhaust system's most important function is that it keeps you safe. It prevents toxic fumes from entering the car's cabin by directing them out the tail pipe. In addition, a well-maintained exhaust helps your car use fuel more efficiently. Lastly, the exhaust system reduces the amount of harmful emissions that enter the environment. If your exhaust needs repairs, you may not pass the state's emission testing.

Ways to Care for Your Car's Exhaust

The best way to care for your car's exhaust is to address any problems right away. Signs of a malfunctioning exhaust include:

  • A strong smell inside of the car
  • The check engine light comes on
  • Your car is louder than usual, both when idling and driving
  • Your car is "sluggish" and you notice reduced power
  • You have to get gas more often, despite driving under the same conditions

If you experience any of these problems, bring your car in for an inspection right away. Minor repairs are less expensive than a complete exhaust system replacement.

Exhaust System Repairs in Columbia, MO

At Custom Complete Automotive, we know how important it is to keep your car on the road. We do everything from exhaust system tune-ups to complete installations. With locations throughout Columbia, Jefferson City, and St. Louis, we have a shop near you. If your car's exhaust system needs work, or for more information about any of our auto services, contact us today!

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Eric Riddles

Eric Riddles is an ASE Certified Master Automobile Technician who has been working as an auto mechanic since 1998 and originally joined the team at Custom Complete Automotive in 2005. Eric has numerous certifications in various aspects of car repair and spent 10 years training the next generation of auto technicians at a local high school Auto Shop classroom.

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