Vehicle Exhaust System

The Ins and Outs of Your Vehicle’s Exhaust System

The Ins and Outs of Your Vehicle’s Exhaust System
A catalytic converter is an essential part of your vehicle’s exhaust system.

While your vehicle’s exhaust system gives your automobile that characteristic growl as it thunders down the road, that’s not all that the exhaust system does. No matter where you’re driving, the exhaust system is a fundamental part of your car or truck that helps it perform to the best of its ability. Whether you’re on a racing track or the streets of your neighborhood, you can optimize your exhaust system. Let’s learn more about this crucial part of your ride.

The Exhaust Manifold

The exhaust manifold is the first component of your exhaust system to pay attention to; especially given how important it is for your exhaust flow. The manifold attaches to the cylinders on the head of the engine. While each cylinder feeds into its own pipe, the pipes come together at a single spot – this is the place that leads to the header and the head pipes. When it comes to installing an exhaust manifold, size matters. The size of your engine determines how many manifolds are connected to your engine.

The Header and Head Pipes

Headers are replacements for the exhaust manifold. However, they are not built-in components of your exhaust system. Instead, they are considered an aftermarket part, and an upgrade. The reason they are upgrades is that they provide improved flow and are custom-designed for the vehicle to which they are attached. The custom-design and finishing can help reduce heat output within the engine block.

Head pipes connect the header to the mufflers. These components feature a special coating both on the inside and on the outside. This coating is meant to reduce heat while also enhancing the levels of exhaust flow. They are engineered to be as straight as possible to form an unbroken link between the header and the mufflers. In between the head pipes and the mufflers you will find the catalytic converter.

The Catalytic Converter

The catalytic converter minimizes toxic fumes in your exhaust system.  Hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide, and nitrogen oxides can be poisonous if exposed to the open air. The converter features a honeycomb design and is treated with palladium and platinum. The palladium and platinum chemically react when they meet any of the fumes named above. The converter then changes the fumes to their relatively harmless equivalents: carbon dioxide, nitrogen, oxygen, and water vapor.

The Mufflers

The mufflers your engine run more quietly. The more exhaust manifolds your engine has, the more mufflers you will need.

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