What Are the Most Common Exhaust System Problems

The modern car comprises hundreds of parts working together in harmony. However, certain systems, such as the exhaust system, affect your vehicle's overall performance and health. Made of numerous parts, the exhaust system only works its best when all the features sync. If one part is damaged or doesn't work harmoniously with the rest, the entire system fails.

While you may try to keep your vehicle at its best, sometimes the exhaust system may fail to work correctly, leading to system failure. It's crucial to know what signs to look for and how to deal with them to prevent an exhaust system failure.

Common Exhaust System Problems to watch out for

Exhaust Leaks

If you drive on rough roads regularly, you're more at risk of experiencing exhaust leaks sooner than expected. Most vehicles cannot handle rough road conditions. The uneven ground and bumps, and potential potholes on rough roads cause shaking during driving, cracking weak areas such as joints.
Ultimately, these cracks leak poisonous fumes that can cause serious health issues and car safety problems.

Faulty Oxygen Sensor

Despite most modern vehicles having multiple oxygen sensors, a single malfunction is enough to affect your vehicle systems. For instance, if one of your car's oxygen sensors malfunctions, the engine can't create the right air-fuel mixture to perform efficiently. This may lead to a blocked catalytic converter, causing further damage to your vehicle system


Rust is dangerous to your exhaust system. It happens slowly and causes much damage by the time you notice. If you take shorter trips regularly, you're more susceptible to rust. That's because shorter trips allow water vapor to settle on the exhaust system but not allow the exhaust system to get hot enough to burn off the steam.

You can't predict exhaust system issues. However, you can prevent a system failure by having your exhaust system inspected at least every two years. If you need exhaust system repair, we invite you to bring your vehicle into our auto repair shop today!


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