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Your exhaust system is much more than just a tailpipe or muffler. It is a chain of connecting pipes that run under the length of your car, truck or SUV, through to the muffler and catalytic converter. The primary purpose of your exhaust system is to control engine noise and to funnel exhaust fumes away from passengers. The emission and exhaust system begins at the engine of your vehicle and channels fumes through the exhaust pipes connected to the engine cylinders, past the oxygen sensors and the catalytic converter, and out to the muffler ending at the tailpipe.

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In comparison, a vehicle’s exhaust system works quite similar to the way a chimney on your home works, funneling the byproducts from burning fuel away from the people inside and converting the pollutants into less harmful gases. A car or truck’s exhaust system routes waste gases from the engine to the rear of the car, where they are discharged into the atmosphere. Exhaust fumes contain hazardous substances like carbon monoxide, which can be very unhealthy if it was to flow into your cabin. The underside of your car and especially your tailpipe gets beat up and receives the most abuse from potholes, rocks and gravel, uneven or rough roads, and even traveling over speed bumps too fast. 

The exhaust “muffles” the engines noise, and directs exhaust fumes so they can be used to heat air and gas before they go into the engine’s cylinders to be burned. Lastly, the exhaust system provides the correct amount of backpressure into the engine to improve its fuel-burning efficiency and increase your vehicle’s driving performance. If your vehicle is demonstrating any exhaust system issues such as strangely colored smoke from the tailpipe or making unnatural sounds like hissing, rattling, roaring, or weird metallic vibrations, you should have your car checked out today.

Advanced Auto can repair and service all aspects of your exhaust system. The main components of your exhaust system are listed below with details about them:

The Exhaust Pipes:
Are made custom for each car and truck model to correctly route exhaust to the back of the vehicle.

The Exhaust Manifold:
Works just like a funnel, collecting exhaust gases from all cylinders and releasing it through a single opening. Some engines have two.

The Catalytic Converter:
Created to lower the amount of harmful emissions byproducts by chemically converting pollutants into water vapor and less harmful gases.

The Muffler:
This is metal box with holes, chambers and baffles that muffles exhaust noise.

The Resonator:
It works with the muffler to reduce loud or obnoxious sounds.

The Tail Pipe:
Located at the back of your vehicle, the tail pipe is made to carry exhaust fumes away from the car or truck. All the parts of the exhaust system are connected with a series of clamps, hangers, flanges, and gaskets.

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