Your vehicle’s exhaust system plays a crucial role in engine performance and reducing harmful emissions. The catalytic converter is integral to this system, converting toxic pollutants into less harmful substances through a chemical reaction. Many drivers do not realize the importance of their catalytic converter and how it reduces a vehicle’s environmental impact. Auto Specialty of Lafayette, Inc. can maintain, repair, or replace exhaust systems and catalytic converters. In this article, we will explore five risks of ignoring exhaust system problems.

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1. Engine Damage

If your exhaust system is malfunctioning, don’t delay addressing the root of the issue and making the necessary repairs. Any problems with your exhaust can strain your engine and lead to more significant issues over time, such as overheating, diminished performance, or even engine failure. 

2. Poor Fuel Economy

An engine must work harder to push out exhaust gases when an exhaust system isn’t functioning as it should be. Due to this extra workload for the engine, you can expect reduced fuel efficiency until repairs are made. Unfortunately, that means you will be spending extra money at the gas pump.

3. Harmful Emissions

If an exhaust system cannot perform its job well, it won’t be able to filter out harmful pollutants properly. These pollutants are not only bad for the environment; they could result in your vehicle failing an emissions test or incurring associated fines.

4. Noise Pollution

One of the telltale signs that your exhaust system needs attention is the loud, unpleasant noises you will hear while driving. You may notice a rattling sound while your vehicle is accelerating, which could lead to tickets or fines in areas with noise ordinances.

5. Costly Repairs

A small issue can become catastrophic if you don’t address it immediately. If you think you may have a problem with any part of your exhaust system, such as your muffler, exhaust pipe, or catalytic converter, request an appointment for us to inspect it. 

Request an Appointment

With over 30 years of experience, the certified mechanics at Auto Specialty perform the proper detective work and will not mislead you into making unnecessary repairs to your vehicle. We use state-of-the-art equipment that assists us in solving your vehicle’s problems the first time. Contact us today at (765) 477-7300 if you want to make an appointment for us to look at your exhaust system and catalytic converter. We serve Lafayette, Indiana, and the surrounding areas, including West Lafayette, Fowler, Delphi, Crawfordsville, and Attica.

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