Ford F150 Exhaust System
Four Tips to Maintain the Looks and Performance of Your Ford F150 Exhaust System
More than good looks and powerful roar, the exhaust system contributes a lot in drawing out more horses from the beast that's long been lurking under the hood of your Ford F150. So if you don't want to compromise these three factors, you had better take good care of your truck's exhaust. Here are some tips to keep in mind:
- Periodically check the exhaust system for signs of damage.
The longevity of your truck's exhaust components depends on the material they are made of and their exposure to damaging elements. But even under normal driving, exhaust components will suffer from regular wear and tear. So just imagine how much your exhaust has to go through if you usually take your F150 for some rugged tasks like towing or serious off-roading. If you feel guilty by now, you'd better do your exhaust system a big favor by regularly inspecting it for leaks, rust buildup, dents, loose connections, missing hardware, and other signs of damage. If you notice any problem, have it fixed immediately.
- Replace a bad catalytic converter as soon as possible.
The catalytic converter makes the exhaust less toxic by removing up to 90% of the toxins. If it becomes bad, your ride will run rough, and there will be a visible smoke coming out of the tailpipe. If the "check engine light" on your dash turns on, have your F150 checked immediately. And if the problem is caused by a bad converter, don't think twice in replacing it to prevent the issue from causing a more serious problem that's costlier to repair.
- Deal with exhaust system leak right away.
Inefficient seal, loose connections, or corrosion can cause leaks in the exhaust system. A leak in the area before the catalytic converter expels toxic fumes into the environment, so it should be acted upon immediately.
- If the truck will not be used for a long period, rustproof the exhaust system.
Planning to store your Ford F150 for an extended period? Then you have to provide the exhaust system with some kind of rust-proofing. Prevent the floor or ground's moisture from finding its way into the exhaust by parking your car over a huge sheet of tarp or plastic. Clean the headers and wipe them dry, then coat them with WD-40, paying attention to the welding points and the areas where two components meet. You can also put on a breathable car cover.