Examine your exhaust

July 29, 2011 12:00 AM

When you take your car in for a vehicle inspection, it's very possible that you'll be told of a problem that will cost quite a bit to repair. A catalytic converter is a prime example. This exhaust system piece is critical to ensuring that an exhaust system runs properly and doesn't release harmful emissions - but it can also cost drivers a pretty penny if it needs repair.

IOL Motoring advises that drivers check for problems with their exhaust themselves. A tell-tale sign is any kind of rattling coming from the exhaust. Start up your car, head back to the tailpipe and listen closely. If you hear something rattling around, it's possible that the ceramic or metallic honeycomb has come loose, which could indicate damage to the system.

If you don't hear rattling, that doesn't mean you're out of the woods yet. Taking your car into a certified service technician will allow them to run more sophisticated tests, like pumping in gas to ensure the catalytic converter is working or analyzing the temperature of the exhaust.

Nobody likes to pay to have their vehicle repaired, but the exhaust contains a number of critical parts for a vehicle, so it's worth it in the long run. 

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