How to Recognize the Signals of a Leaking Exhaust System

The exhaust system of most vehicles consists of the exhaust manifold, catalytic converter, the resonator, and the muffler, where the exhaust fumes are emitted into the atmosphere.

Because exhaust gas, like carbon monoxide, is colorless and odorless, it can't be detected inside the car, which is dangerous for passengers. That's why it's so important to pay attention to the following signals of a leaking exhaust system, and have your car serviced as soon as possible.

The most common sign of a leaking exhaust system are strange sounds. If you hear a hissing or popping noise while the car is running, or a whistling sound towards the tailpipe, that is indicative of some sort of blockage or leaking in the system. Another sign of a leaking exhaust system is excessive vibration. This may become noticeable when holding the steering wheel, or touching the gas or brake pedals. Also, if you aren't getting the same gas mileage as you used to, your exhaust system may be the culprit. A leaky system forces the engine to work harder and use more fuel.

If you notice any of these signs, bring your car to Hyman Bros. Kia, in Midlothian, VA for our professional service.

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