The BMW is known as the ultimate driving machine for many reasons. Overall, they are sophisticated vehicles that possess amazing horsepower, powerful torque, and the latest technical and mechanical features. BMW has even mastered the smallest details, ensuring that operators receive the optimal driving experience.
However, like any automobile, these luxury rides can succumb to issues in relation to their various operating systems. Routine inspections and tune ups are essential to keeping your BMW performing at its best. Exhaust system maintenance is one of the most important routines to follow.
The exhaust system is truly one of the hardest working systems in your automobile. Put simply, its function is to clean the toxins from the exhaust as it comes from the engine. The fuel combustion process in the motor results in a byproduct of harmful gases. The components of the exhaust system work to transport these burnt gases, keeping your car safe and quiet. It also helps to maintain a cleaner environment.
Parts of the Modern Exhaust System
- Exhaust manifold: The exhaust manifold is bolted directly to the engine block and serves an important role in the overall structure of the system. It is essentially the housing unit that collects the gases emitted by the combustion cylinders.
- Catalytic convertor: This convertor is a device that controls the exhaust emissions. By creating a redox reaction, this component can eliminate some of the harmful elements that may be found in the fumes.
- Oxygen sensor: The oxygen sensor is a small piece that serves a significant purpose. It monitors the amount of oxygen that is passing through the exhaust and sends that useful information to the vehicle’s computer. This information is then used to regulate the amount of fuel that is actually delivered to the cylinders in the engine.
- Muffler: A more commonly known component is the muffler. This “silencer” works to reduce the sound coming from your BMW’s exhaust system. There are small explosions taking place in the combustion chamber and the muffler works to keep those quiet.
- Exhaust pipes: The pipes are some of the most basic pieces of the exhaust system puzzle but are vitally important. They are the “highway” that carries the toxic fumes out and away from the automobile.
Consequences of a Faulty Exhaust System
When your exhaust system begins to experience issues, there are some common telltale signs. These include the smell of burning oil from the engine, a decrease in fuel efficiency, problems accelerating, unusually noisy engine, odd vibrations and even a decrease in overall power.
If this system malfunctions it can also lead to other problems with the engine. Even more bothersome is the risk that it poses to you as the driver or passenger. Toxic fumes can leak from a faulty manifold into the cabin, potentially making you very ill. Any of these consequences can make your BMW unsafe to drive.
If you notice any of these symptoms, you should have your vehicle checked as soon as possible by trusted professionals. Normally, the average exhaust system can last 2-3 years but it is very important to have the system inspected periodically.
Routine maintenance and proper inspections can lead to early detection of potential problems. This can help prevent expensive repairs, total engine breakdowns and the inconvenience of a car that needs extensive servicing.
Exhaust maintenance will also reduce the stress and damage that can be placed on your engine when the components show signs of deterioration.
Trust Your Exhaust Maintenance to the Pros at Import Car Center
Since 1978, our team at Import Car Center has been servicing European makes and models for the residents of Colleyville, Keller, Southlake, Westlake and Grapevine, TX. Our mechanics are BOSCH and ASE certified and use only factory grade tools and equipment.
Our commitment to quality is unsurpassed and we pride ourselves on friendly, dependable service. We understand the often unique service needs and the many intricate details that your BMW possesses. This knowledge, in addition to our years of experience, makes us your trusted stop for routine exhaust maintenance. Be proactive and contact us today to schedule your regular service and keep your BMW running like new so you can drive with confidence.
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