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Ford Ranger Exhaust

Common Causes of Ford Ranger Exhaust Problems

Owning a Ford Ranger or any kind of vehicle means dealing with car issues from time to time. One of these issues is a faulty exhaust system. Considering that its only role is to clear the engine from harmful elements, a failing exhaust system should not be ignored because it will greatly affect your car's overall performance. Fortunately, spotting problems in a car's exhaust system can be relatively easy, especially if you know what to watch out for.

Smell of gas coming from the exhaust

If you can smell gas from inside your car with the windows rolled up, this is a sure sign of an exhaust leak. This leak in your exhaust pipe may be caused by a blown gasket, cracked flange, or a broken weld. This usually happens when the bottom of the car gets scraped after driving over a bump or a curb on the road. Corrosion is also another cause of exhaust leaking as rust eats metal, which results to holes and other damages.

Poor fuel economy and loss of power

If your Ford Ranger has been suffering from poor fuel economy, your car's exhaust system might have an internal blockage or restriction. These problems are usually caused by crushed pipes and collapsed baffles inside the muffler or resonator. However, the most common cause of restriction and blockage in an exhaust system is a plugged catalytic converter. A quick way to get this checked is to read the intake manifold vacuum at idle of the engine. If the reading shows that the vacuum at idle is lower than the normal 18 inches and more, that means your exhaust is suffering from excessive backpressure.

Corrosion in the exhaust pipes

Rust forms when the water vapor inside the exhaust pipes condenses and returns to its liquid form. This happens after your shut your engine off when you park your car, and it's more likely to happen when you drive for short distances only because the liquid inside the exhaust system does not have enough chance to turn back to water vapor. Once liquid stays in your exhaust pipes, it will eventually result to corrosion.

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  • Tips on Keeping Your Ford Ranger Exhaust in Excellent Condition 04 March 2014

    Driving would be so much easier when you are confident that your car isn't emitting harmful gases that may damage the environment and pose health risks for humans. You owe this peace of mind to the exhaust system of your car. That's why it is important to maintain your car's exhaust system regularly because it doesn't only contribute to your vehicle's overall performance and ride quality; it also makes you feel secure about your family and the environment's safety.

    • Avoid corrosion or rust.
    • The best way to solve your problem with corrosion or rust in your Ford Ranger is by washing your car's underside regularly with water. This will be most helpful in wintertime when some areas have salt on the road. Remove the salt from your exhaust system as soon as possible because it can speed up the process of corrosion when left for a long period of time. Don't forget to run the car's engine after washing your exhaust system to remove all the water left inside the pipes.
    • Replace your oxygen sensors regularly.
    • Your exhaust system's oxygen sensor will wear out in time. This worn out oxygen sensor will become inaccurate and may cause your Ford Ranger's gas mileage to decrease. Sometimes, it will also result to a rich fuel mixture and your engine will burn more fuel that it's supposed to. To prevent this from happening, replace your oxygen sensor every 60,000 miles. Sometimes, you might not be aware that your car could be using more gas than needed. It may cost more to change the oxygen sensor, but this will save you from the hassle brought by the worn out sensors.
    • Always do a visual inspection.
    • Checking your exhaust system on a regular basis will help you stop problems as soon as they start. This will also allow you to get them fixed as soon as possible. Examine your car's exhaust system thoroughly and watch out for problems or damages that may require a quick repair, a trip to the auto mechanics, or a replacement. Inspect each part of the exhaust system including the muffler, oxygen gauge, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, and exhaust pipes to see if they are all in good condition or if one of them shows signs of wear and corrosion.