Known as the first mid-size truck ever manufactured, the Dodge Dakota was able to impress the public by its performance and style. Speaking of overall performance, it wouldn't be 100% powerful without the exhaust system. The exhaust system is responsible in releasing waste fumes from the engine to maintain a cooler temperature. Cooler engine burns more fuel to boost the vehicle's horsepower and torque. But this component is not immune to failure. When it gets clogged or damaged, your vehicle will suffer from poor performance.To address exhaust problems, here are some troubleshooting tips for you:
A dark blue or black smoke coming out of your Dakota's tail pipes could be an indication of oil leak. A leak occurs when the O-rings and gaskets have already deteriorated. This causes huge amounts of fuel to overflow in the cylinders. If this is currently happening to your vehicle, check the cylinders as well as all the nearby components for oil deposits. Put a new gasket to stop the leak.
Whenever you're driving, listen carefully for any noise coming from the exhaust. Rattling or clanking sound usually comes from components that come loose such as the heat shields and the hangers. To verify the condition of these Dodge Dakota exhaust parts, you have to go underneath the vehicle and inspect the mounting bolts in the piping connections if they are still complete and tightly screwed in place.
Stinky fumes coming out of the exhaust pipes point to severe catalytic converter problems. A damaged converter loses the ability to treat the exhaust gases before they get released into the atmosphere. Untreated gases smell like a rotten egg. To check the condition of the cat con, you have to bring your Dodge to a dealership or to an authorized service facility. There are very strict guidelines and laws on catalytic converter replacement, so you need to seek help from an expert to avoid making mistakes.