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What Parts Make Up Your Exhaust System?

Your vehicle comprises various systems that are all very complex. Your vehicle is made of 30,000+ parts after all. Your vehicle's exhaust system is one of those systems. Today, we will do a deep dive into your exhaust system and discuss its essential parts and their functions.


If you haven't noticed by now, your vehicle emissions all start at the engine. Various gases sit in the combustion chamber that needs to get ejected out of your car eventually. The exhaust system is responsible for moving gases throughout your vehicle and converting harmful fumes into breathable vapors before releasing them into the air. The overall system comprises multiple pipes that work simultaneously to lessen the output of harmful pollutants. The parts involved in the intricate process of moving gases include the exhaust manifold, catalytic converter, oxygen sensor, tailpipe, muffler, and resonator. 


The exhaust manifold is involved at the beginning of the process. The manifold receives the fumes from the cylinders within the combustion chamber and moves them to another section of your car.


The catalytic pipe converter then "converts" the toxic gases, including carbon monoxide, into water vapor and carbon dioxide. These gases are then deemed breathable and safe.


The oxygen (O2) sensors are in charge of detecting the level of O2 in the exhaust stream. The sensors send information to the powertrain control module for fuel control and to control the converter's efficiency.


The tailpipe is the metal pipe that releases the water vapor and CO2 out of the vehicle.


The muffler acts as a dampener in the complex exhaustion process. The movement and processing of gases release loud sounds as a byproduct. Without the muffler, your car would be an annoyance for you and everyone on the road.


The resonator is a part similar to the muffler that restricts the sound waves from the engine. It also contributes to good airflow. 


Now that you are accustomed to the exhaust system terminology, you'll be able to tackle any troubles and communicate the problem better with your trusted technician. If you suspect that you need exhaust system repairs, please give us a call or bring your vehicle to The Model Garage for an inspection!

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