The Most Common Exhaust System Problems

The Most Common Exhaust System Problems

CBAC Exhaust WPThe overall health and performance of your car is dependent on the integrity of the exhaust system. Made up of numerous parts, the system only functions properly when they all work together perfectly, but sometimes this isn’t the case.

That’s why the expert technicians at Christian Brothers Automotive in Clermont, Florida are letting you know about some common exhaust system problems you could potentially run into.


There’s no enemy quite as dangerous for the exhaust system as rust. Taking short trips frequently lets water vapor collect in the exhaust system, but it never gets hot enough to burn off. Gradually this condensation will turn to rust and corrode your exhaust from the inside out.

Faulty Oxygen Sensor

Despite many of today’s cars having numerous oxygen sensors, a malfunction in just one can be enough to confuse the computer. If your oxygen sensor becomes faulty, the engine’s computer can’t create the correctly balanced air-fuel mixture. This could lead to a mixture that’s low on air and high on gas, a blend that’s hotter than intended and may cause a clog in your catalytic converter.

Exhaust Leaks

Rough road conditions are difficult for many vehicles to handle. If you regularly drive on rough roads, your exhaust system may not last as long as it normally would. The bumps, holes, and shaking that happen while you drive in these conditions can lead weak areas, like joints, to crack and leak poisonous fumes into the passenger cabin.

Clogged Muffler

Another problem that arises from frequent rough road conditions is a clogged muffler. While driving on bumpy roads, small internal parts can come loose, leading to a clogged muffler.

Broken Hangers

Hangers are the handy little parts that are meant to protect your exhaust system from banging around when you hit a bump. However, they aren’t invincible. Once the hanger breaks and falls off, all the exhaust pipes become free to move around. Their movement may lead to dents, cracks and, in some cases, entire pieces of the exhaust system to break off.

You can prevent these exhaust problems from happening to you. Have your exhaust system inspected every year or two, regardless of whether you’ve noticed an obvious problem. Schedule an exhaust system service today and let the ASE-certified technicians at Christian Brothers Automotive Clermont take care of you. We’ll show you the nice difference.