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Exhaust Systems -- When Things Go Wrong

Let's take a brief look at what happens when a restriction is introduced into the exhaust system because of a collapsed exhaust pipe, a clogged catalytic converter, or a plugged muffler.

As Dennis Hopper would say, "Bad things, man!"

Airflow is affected, and the computer goes crazy trying to compensate for the malady.

Transmission shifting, electronic engine controls, fuel delivery, and emission systems are also negatively affected -- not to mention the possibility of fire from overheated exhaust components and the burning of the engine's exhaust valves because of excessive exhaust back pressure.

Now you can understand the importance of maintaining your car's exhaust system.


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