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Dodge Dakota Exhaust

How to Spot the Causes of Dodge Dakota Exhaust Problems

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:

Colored smoke

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.

Sulfur-like smell

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.

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  • A Few Dodge Dakota Exhaust Care Tips and Reminders

    Replacing the Dodge Dakota exhaust assembly is one of the most expensive maintenance procedures you'll ever have. This is because the exhaust system is composed of not just one, but several components. When one part gets broken, its entire operation will be compromised. Because the exhaust is a vital component in your truck, it is your job to take really good care of it. A regular maintenance check is important to ensure the proper functioning and condition of your truck's exhaust. Here are just a few useful tips that you can follow:

    • Clean the exhaust pipes frequently.
    • The exhaust pipes in your Dakota, even if they're made of stainless steel or chrome metal, are not invincible against deterioration. Because they are installed in such a way that they are protruding at the back of the truck, they are often exposed to rock, sand, and even mud. Clean them regularly with soapy water to prevent dirt build up. Rinse the soap off with lukewarm water to dissolve stubborn stains and hardened mud.
    • Remove stubborn rust.
    • It's best to use the finest steel wool scrub brush in scraping off rust from chromed-steel pipes. This is to avoid damaging the smooth, silvery chrome finish. For stainless-steel exhaust parts, you can use a nylon steel brush to eliminate corrosion build up on the edges and corners of the pipes. For stubborn rust and stains, use vinegar. Vinegar has great cleansing properties, which are very efficient in dissolving grime and rust.
    • Paint the muffler.
    • Painting the muffler/mufflers is a very effective way to inhibit corrosion. It also amp up the style of your Dakota's header or bumper by adding a pop of color. But don't use ordinary spray paints because they will just heat up and burn because of the extremely high temperature around the muffler. Use special barbecue paint or high-temperature header paint instead.
    • Remove clogs in the cat con.
    • Smelly smoke coming from the Dakota's exhaust is an indication that the catalytic converter is not functioning properly. Before replacing, try cleaning it first, and see if its condition will go back to normal. Overtime, carbon and other contaminants clog the cat con impeding its normal operation. Try using a catalytic converter cleaner or deodorizer. Simply mix it to your fuel. As you drive, the cleaner eliminates clogged debris from the cat.