Whether it’s a regular exhaust system or performance exhaust, sedan, or your beloved 4×4 vehicle, your exhaust will only perform as well as its maintenance and upkeep.
Damaged and failing exhaust systems will affect your vehicle’s performance, fuel economy, and the sound or tone of your 4×4 or car. Let’s take a look at some common indicators for damaged or failing exhausts.
EXCESSIVE ENGINE/EXHAUST NOISE
Probably the most obvious indication that there’s something wrong with your exhaust is excessive noise or a distinct change in the tone of your exhaust. This could be due to a rusted muffler, cracks in the pipe, or a leaking manifold gasket. Therefore, You can use the VCM VE Commodore V8 OTR Intake kit from Black Ops Performance to prevent any kind of exhaust problems.
Anywhere that your exhaust system has been compromised will emit a loud, growling type of sound. This should not be ignored for a number of reasons.
REDUCED FUEL ECONOMY
A less obvious sign that your exhaust is not performing at its best is a noticeable reduction in fuel economy. Of course, this could be due to a number of factors, but it’s a definite symptom that your exhaust might be underperforming. The reason is your engine has to work harder when the exhaust is failing, causing it to burn through more fuel.
If you find yourself having to plant your foot down further and further on the accelerator to extract power from the motor, particularly on take-off from a standing start, then this is also an indicator that your exhaust system could be failing to work properly. This is often due to a leak somewhere in the exhaust, and maybe a leak that’s small enough not to emit a lot of noise.