Chevrolet K1500 Exhaust System
Easy Maintenance Tips for a Better Chevrolet K1500 Exhaust System
Keeping the exhaust system components of the Chevrolet K1500 in good condition is not as hard as it sounds. Preventive maintenance of your Chevrolet K1500 boils down to a couple of simple tasks. By doing these brief maintenance procedures, you can extend the life of your exhaust system components and therefore save time and money.
If you want your Chevrolet K1500 exhaust system to last longer, here are some tips to consider:
- Make sure to change the oil regularly.
Following the recommended oil change schedule is not only beneficial for your engine but for the exhaust as well. This is because as engine oil becomes stale, it actually becomes corrosive. This causes the oil to damage and seep through the seals of the engine valves and pistons and mix with the fuel-and-air mixture inside the combustion chamber. Once burnt, this tainted exhaust gas can coat and damage the sensitive parts of the exhaust such as the thermostat and catalytic converter.
- Take note of any strange noises.
If you notice that your engine sputters louder than usually, it may be a sign of a leak somewhere along the exhaust pipe. The Chevrolet K1500 exhaust system is designed to direct exhaust gas away from the interior to cut down on noise, so an increase in engine noise is a likely sign that the exhaust is coming out somewhere else aside from the exhaust tip. Have the exhaust system inspected immediately when this occurs; exhaust gas contains highly dangerous toxins that can prove fatal if inhaled.
- Scrub rust spots off the pipes as soon as they appear.
With constant exposure to dirt and moisture, it shouldn't be surprise to see rust on the exhaust pipes. However, rust is not something that you should just brush off, as if left on its own it will start to eat through the pipe and cause a leak. There are many rust cleaning products that you can use to remove spots on exhaust surfaces, although you make your own rust cleaner using a mixture of 3 parts baking soda and 10 parts vinegar. Simply spray the solution directly on the rusted area and scrub immediately with a wire brush.