Exhaust Manifold Step 2 - After collecting exhaust gases, the manifold disperses them at the manifold flange connection.
Exhaust Manifold Flange
Exhaust System Head Pipe Step 4 - Exhaust gases then travel to the catalytic converter, which houses the oxygen sensor. There is a primary sensor located on the head pipe, this device is shielded from the body using a heat shield.
Catalytic Converter w/Oxygen Sensor Step 5 - Once the gases are treated by the catalytic converter and read by the oxygen sensor they are released into the primary transfer pipes.
Primary Transfer Pipes Step 6 - A backpressure balance collector is used to help equalize pressures which improves performance, while restricting engine noise. (Note: Four cylinder engines are excluded from this device.)
Balance Collector Step 7 - Once exhaust gases have been processed through the balance collector they travel down the secondary transfer tubes which route over the differential or axle.
Secondary Transfer Tubes Step 8 - Exhaust gases then travel into the muffler where noise cancelling properties of the muffler help quite engine noise.
Muffler Step 9 - Rubber hangers are used to suspended the system while insolating engine vibration from the vehicle.
Exhaust System Hanger Step 10 - Exhaust gases are released into the atmosphere through the tail pipe which is connected to the muffler. Usually this tail pipe is protected by shield which helps defuse the exhaust.
Exhaust Tail Pipe Helpful Information Engines produce water and steam with the exhaust gases as a natural byproduct of the combustion process, which can be observed from the tailpipe in the first minutes of operation. As the engine heats up the water is vaporized quickly so the moisture is not visible. Most exhaust systems are made of aluminized metal or stainless steel to prevent corrosion. A secondary muffler is sometimes used and referred to as a resonator, which increases the muffle affect. Fumes from exhaust gases are quite harmful and can cause complications including lightheadedness, blurred vision and death. After the engine has cooled down, inspect the system for cracks, holes or rust. When a new exhaust system is used for the first few times, its normal for unusual odors to be produced for a short time after. Performance Exhaust There are endless configurations of exhaust systems from the very loud (free flow, low restriction), to the barely audible depending on application and manufacturer preference. Performance exhaust systems can vary from a free flow muffler, to a full system including headers which replace the more restrictive exhaust manifolds. While standard exhausts are designed to be cost efficient, a performance system is usually made from higher grade of materials with more performance oriented ambitions. Consult state and federal emissions laws before modifying a vehicles exhaust system. Common Problems
- Defects or corrosion in the exhaust system cause exhaust gases to be inhaled by passengers causing asphyxiation.
- When driving long distances the exhaust system can become hot, which can cause ignition of dried timbers or grass under vehicle.