Your Mercedes is designed with precision to keep your model running at peak performance. The engine in your Mercedes is probably forefront in your mind, but it also has more underappreciated systems like the exhaust system with its tailpipe. The exhaust system is a series of pipes and hoses that filter and route engine emissions from the engine to the rear of the vehicle.
As your engine burns gas to give power to the car, it gives off gases that contain pollutants. Your exhaust system is designed to convert these pollutants into a less toxic byproduct consisting of carbon dioxide and water vapor. The exhaust gas passes through the exhaust system to the muffler, which cools the mixture down and muffles the noise of the process. These gases are then passed out of the tailpipe into the environment.
The exhaust system is important because it works to keep you and the environment safe, but due to its location, it can experience a lot of wear and tear. Because the tailpipe and exhaust system are located on the underside of the car, they experience road debris, weather conditions like ice and snow, dirt, random materials on the road, construction debris, etc.
Since your tailpipe is exposed to so many things that can damage it, it’s important to know the signs of a damaged tailpipe. So here are a few signs you have a damaged tailpipe.
Noises Coming From Underneath the Vehicle
A common sign of a damaged tailpipe is when you hear noise coming from underneath your car. The sound is usually a banging or knocking sound. This could come from a variety of sources, including a loose exhaust mount or a broken pipe. This could also come from a muffler or tailpipe dragging on the ground. If you suspect that either component is loose, you should visit your mechanic immediately.
The exhaust system is subjected to different temperatures when your Mercedes is running and when it is resting. When the vehicle is running, the system heats up. Conversely, when the car is not in use, it is cool, which attracts moisture and creates condensation. Because of this, the muffler and tailpipe are prone to rust due to condensation build up.
If you notice excessive condensation on your muffler, it may be failing. Any rust or excess condensation means your Mercedes should be brought in the shop so you can get ahead of the deterioration.
Noise From the Engine or Exhaust
This is the most obvious sign that there is damage to your tailpipe or exhaust. If you notice that there is excessive noise or an obvious change in the tone of your vehicle’s exhaust, you might have a rusted muffler, cracks in the pipe, or a leaky manifold gasket.
The engine or exhaust will give off a sound that is loud and sounds like a growl. This sound should not be ignored for a variety of reasons. It will lead to reduced vehicle performance and poor fuel economy and possibly a fine for having an excessively loud exhaust. If you suspect your exhaust system is in jeopardy, bring your car to our trusted mechanics.
If you find that your Mercedes is lagging when you are accelerating and you need to press your foot further and further down while you are pressing the gas, especially from a standing start, there may be an issue with your tailpipe and exhaust system. Slow acceleration is often caused by a leak somewhere in the tailpipe or exhaust.
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If you notice any of the above signs of exhaust system or tailpipe failure, visit us at The Benz Shop. We pride ourselves in providing specialized vehicle care for the communities of Scottsdale, Glendale, Tempe, Chandler, Paradise Valley, and Phoenix, AZ.
Because our focus and specialty is servicing Mercedes, our technicians are up to date on all the intricacies of Mercedes models, including the technology, parts, and maintenance procedures.
We are proud to offer personalized services for you and your Mercedes when you bring it in for servicing. We take the time to look over your vehicle and explain all needs to you in detail as well as lay out options to repair them. Call us today and let us show you why we’re the #1 shop for your Mercedes Benz.