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This article brought to you courtesy of Karen Johnston of All About Automotive, Gresham Outlook Insider Automotive Repair Expert.

Karen Johnston

In our area, vehicles are required to pass the DEQ test every other year. The key things that need to be in proper working shape for the vehicle to pass are good tune condition, proper fuel/air ratio, the exhaust system is in good shape with no leaks and the catalytic converter is operating properly. In this article we will talk about the exhaust system importance.

The exhaust/emission system of your vehicle

Deadens engine noise

Reduces exhaust temperature.

Controls emissions.

Because harmful gases are created during fuel combustion it's important to repair your exhaust system when leaks or problems are found. Poisonous gases such as hydrocarbons, carbon or sulfur dioxides, carbon monoxide or lead and other metals can be hazardous if they leak into the cabin, so the exhaust emissions are directed out thru the catalytic converter, muffler and tailpipe.

The catalytic converter in the exhaust system helps to turns these gases into mostly harmless ones that do much less damage to the environment. When the catalytic converter starts degenerating it will not burn those gases as efficiently. Some of the causes of catalytic converter degeneration can be worn tune condition, an engine misfire, or the vehicle operating on improper fuel/air ratio.

Keeping your vehicle in proper running order is crucial to maintain proper emissions and operating exhaust system. These systems are crucial to good health, of us, our family and our environment. Happy Motoring!

All About Automotive

139 N.W. 2nd Street

Gresham, OR 97030


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