Newer cars have engines and exhaust systems that are designed to be friendly to the environment. This is accomplished primarily through the catalytic converter, which converts bad emissions and pollutants from your car exhaust system into compounds that are harmless to the environment.
When the catalytic converter starts to fail, or an exhaust leak occurs, this conversion stops, and the resulting pollution can be harmful to the environment as well as damaging to your vehicle. The following are 5 signs that your vehicle is causing harmful pollution due to a malfunctioning exhaust system.
- Smoke From The Exhaust
The most obvious and direct sign of harmful pollution is smoke emitting from your car’s tailpipe. A healthy exhaust system on modern vehicles rarely emits visible smoke, if ever. When smoke starts to come out, it’s usually as a sign of some sort of problem. This smoke might appear in three different colors.
White smoke is a sign of coolant leak within the engine. Blue smoke is a sign of an internal engine oil leak. Black smoke indicates that your car is burning up too much gasoline, possibly due to a malfunctioning fuel injection unit. Any of these different colored smoke emissions are creating harmful pollutants and they are sure fire sign it’s time to repair your vehicle.Read More