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.