How to Maintain Your Chevrolet Exhaust System Properly
Although the farthest thing on your mind when it comes to personal safety on the road or engine performance is your Chevy's exhaust system, it's actually quite relevant and important in terms of either topic (or both topics, to be honest). Gases are created whenever your engine combusts air and fuel in order to run. They then have to be vented from your engine through your car's respiratory and excretory system, its exhaust system. With that in mind, what should you do in order to maintain your Chevrolet exhaust system in such a way that it continues working properly every time? Here are the answers.
Get your Check Engine Light checked.
Your emissions system is actually related to what's indicated on your Check Engine Light. If it's blinking or turned on, then there's probably a problem (and sometimes it's your exhaust that's undergoing shenanigans). Your OBD (on-board diagnostics) is the one that monitors what's going on with your engine components, which includes your exhaust system. Therefore, one dependable way of making sure everything is one the up and up with your exhaust is by checking if there are any emissions-related error messages on your OBD interface. In particular, this computer is a handy way of preemptively fixing exhausts problems before they could worsen (like issues of breaking down or deterioration). It can activate when there's an oxygen sensor failure or bad catalytic converters.
Do some exhaust cleanup to reduce emissions.
Depending on which state you live in, your car, van, SUV, truck, or jeep will need to deal with emissions reduction or else you might end up going over regulation limits on emission rates. You can fix your exhaust issues by exhaust cleanup or having your mechanic take a look at your system in order to keep your vehicle from becoming a gas belcher. To clean out your exhaust manifold, you need to detach it from the system then brush it with lacquer using a toothbrush and an electric grinder to break up the debris. As for exhaust tips, you need special cleaners like degreasers and metal polishing soaps to get them spic-and-span.
Fix leaks on your car ASAP before they could worsen.
Your exhaust system is subject to lots of vibration, high temperatures, and intense pressure. This is the recipe for disaster in the form of leak development in various parts of your exhaust, from any of the tubes to the tailpipe. The exhaust manifold is one of the first areas where leaks could develop. It's either the gasket starts to fail and leak or the manifold itself might end up cracking under pressure. A lot of things could happen. The different pipes in your exhaust system can also end up with leakages for various reasons (mostly due to pipe failure or corrosion due to road salt exposure), which you'll have to seal up with gaskets too.
Identify broken components and repair them early on.
Another important tip when it comes to preventive exhaust maintenance is recognizing when certain parts of your system is failing and thusly repairing or fixing them before they lead to total exhaust breakdown. In order for it to work superbly, your emissions system requires a significant number of components all cooperating with each other in total harmony. Even the supplemental parts have their important uses, from exhaust hangers that secure your pipes to your car's underside to the bolts that hold them together. Even the "little things" could lead to big problems if ignored.