We’ve all heard a car or truck in our greater Milwaukee neighborhoods that needs a new muffler. But there’s more to the exhaust system than just the muffler.
The exhaust system has three main functions:
- To safely get hot exhaust gas from the engine out the tailpipe
- Treats the exhaust to remove harmful pollutants
- Muffle the engine noise
Exhaust gas is poisonous. You don’t want it getting into the passenger compartment. For example, carbon monoxide can be deadly. That’s why you should never run your engine in a closed garage. If you have a leak in the exhaust system, exhaust could get into the passenger cabin and make you sick or even kill you.
If you smell exhaust in the vehicle, roll down your windows and get it inspected immediately . You may smell or see exhaust coming from the engine compartment or under the vehicle if you have a leak. Sometimes the sound from an exhaust leak is loud and obvious. Sometimes it’s a ticking sound when you start the engine that goes away as you drive. It could be as simple as a cracked weld or broken exhaust pipe.
Catalytic converters eventually wear out and need to be replaced. Typically you will noticed reduced power, check engine light, oxygen sensor issues or even just smell the difference. They’re expensive so you want to help them last as long as possible by keeping the fuel system clean and replacing your air filter.
And that leaves the muffler. The beauty of getting a new muffler is that you can suit your taste: Some want whisper quiet and others like a little rumble. And some like a roar when they drive down our greater Milwaukee streets.
Xtreme Autoworks has a focus on our environment, Catalytic converters are not meant to be thrown in the trash. They contain pollutants and dangerous metals. Xtreme Recycles all of our converters with local green foundries that often give us credit for your converter! This means Xtreme can put some $$$ back in your pocket! A typical Catalytic converter replacement credit ranges from $20 up to $300! This means you pay less to get your car back on the road safely.