Diagnosing Dodge Durango Exhaust Problems
You are leisurely enjoying a winter-time cross-road adventure with your friends aboard your full-size SUV when a ticking noise suddenly disturbs the peace you have been enjoying. A problem with the Dodge Durango exhaust, no doubt. Are you ready for such encounters? Read on for some of the common culprits behind the noise and stops that you might encounter. Here are some diagnostic steps to help you figure out the trouble.
Broken exhaust manifold bolts
If you are disturbed by persistent ticking in your engine while travelling, you might want to check the bolts in your Dodge Durango exhaust manifold. The noise you hear, especially when the engine is cold, may suggest a breaking exhaust manifold bolt. This may result in leaks, especially for Durango units that are often used for off-road driving. Immediate replacement is recommended in this case. To prevent further damage, the installation of new exhaust manifold gaskets is recommended.
Rusted exhaust shield
The mufflers, which are essential parts of the Dodge Durango's exhaust system, make use of shields that ward off excess heat and other elements that may damage the system as a whole. These exhaust shields are naturally (and sometimes excessively) exposed to nature and extreme weather that wearing off and rusting should basically be expected. Though such wearing off can be prevented by regular maintenance, the weakening of the material cannot be undone. This may result in the falling off of the exhaust shield. The vehicle may still be used until the damaged exhaust shields are replaced, but precaution is necessary. If the worn heat shield is the one between the exhaust system and the ground, you should take careful notice not to park you Durango over dry bush-or essentially any material that is flammable.
Clogged ERG tube
Rough engine idles and engine stalling in your Durango may be indicative of a clogged exhaust gas recirculation tube. This may also be signaled by the activation of the Check Engine Light of your vehicle. Immediate repair for this fault in your Dodge Durango exhaust involves cleaning of the tube.