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Ford Ranger Exhaust System

Using Senses to Spot a Bad Ford Ranger Exhaust System

The exhaust system of a Ford Ranger is responsible for removing harmful exhaust fumes from the engine and sending these out to the open air. Any issues in its components may result in issues regarding engine performance. Being able to detect the early manifestations of a problem in the assembly doesn't require special tools, gadgets, and the experience of a professional mechanic. With the simple use of four of your body's senses, it's possible for anybody to tell that there's a problem with your vehicle's exhaust system.

Using your eyes

If you see damage in any of the exhaust pipes, these should be removed and replaced at once. The problems to look for include rust, cracks, and punctures. Broken or loose hangers are also known to cause problems to the exhaust system. If the assembly seems misaligned or excessively lowered, it may already be too abused to try and reconfigure the existing parts.

Using your ears

On a working exhaust system, most of the noise that you should hear should only come from the roar of the engine and the noise coming out of the tailpipe. If you notice extra sounds like hisses and pops, these may be cues that your pipes have leaks everywhere. Your car may also be too noisy that you and your passengers need to cover your ears just to be able to ride the Ranger. Both leaks and noise are problems that you should work on immediately to avoid further complications.

Using your nose

Exhaust fumes aren't a pleasant scent. If you can smell something smoky and dirty that it's as if you're inhaling air coming right out of the tailpipe, then this is another indicator of holes and gaps in the system. What makes this kind of problem the worst is that the fumes are already entering the passenger compartment and can have adverse effects on the people inside. This leads to the last method:

Using your sensations

Inhaling exhaust fumes is breathing in toxic air. Too much of it and you and your passengers may end up dizzy and nauseated. In terms of performance, a busted exhaust system may result in a rough ride due to the uneven flow of air coming out of the pipes.

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  • Three Ways to Keep a Ford Ranger Exhaust System Intact

    The stock exhaust system of a Ford Ranger is made of tough pipes that can last for a very long time. However, if you're the type of person who uses this truck for demanding adventures that include off-road driving, then the integrity of the system is greatly lessened. Working with a replacement is an expensive and laborious task that you'd want to avoid. There are a couple of things you can do to try and extend the service life of its parts and components. The following are three ways that can keep the Ranger's exhaust system intact:

    Avoid short trips.

    Rust is something you'd want to protect the exhaust system from. When the Ranger is parked and not in use, moisture tends to accumulate on the surface of the pipes. Starting the car and running the engine introduces some heat on the water and metal pipes. If you kill the engine after a short running time, this initial combination of heat, water, and metal makes the accumulation of rust easier. Drive the truck for at least 20 or 30 minutes so that the system becomes hot enough to evaporate all water inside. Driving this long greatly reduces the chances of rust buildup.

    Place a cover over the car when it's not in use.

    Placing a car cover on top of a parked vehicle gives the vehicle plenty of protection. As far as the exhaust system is concerned, this is another sure way to limit rust buildup. A cover prevents moisture from making its way up from the ground, through the tires, and end up on the exhaust pipes. It doesn't guarantee that the pipes will be completely free from any form of water. However, the amount is significantly lessened as compared to a vehicle without a cover.

    Secure loose mounts.

    The components of an exhaust system are secured to the under chassis of the Ranger by various clamps, hooks, and retainers. Any loose mounts easily give the pipes damaging slack. This extra play causes unnecessary rattles and vibrations that result in disconnected ends and leaks. Inspect these every now and then to see if these are still intact. Replacement mounts can easily be bought and installed if needed.