Troubleshooting your Hyundai Elantra Intermediate Pipe
Your Hyundai Elantra intermediate pipe is what delivers your ride's exhaust fumes to your catalytic converter, which makes the exhaust fumes less toxic. If this component were to become damaged, then the fumes would be released into the environment or into your cabin, which would endanger your health and the health of others. That's why you should keep a keen eye out for signs of pipe damage and nip the problem in the bud. Here are some troubleshooting tips to help you out.
Rust is one of the worst enemies of auto parts, and this holds true for your intermediate pipe. Your pipe is bound to develop rust after some time due to exposure to exhaust gases. Spotting rust can be pretty easy, but here's where things get tricky; sometimes the pipe corrodes from the inside. This makes it harder for you to spot the rust. In addition to that, if your pipe comes with a stainless mesh, then it would mask any rust. If you can safely lift your ride and listed to it for noises, that would be best. A noisy intermediate pipe is a clear indication that you need to have it replaced because it's already wearing out due to corrosion.
After some time, your intermediate pipe could come loose and get disconnected from the catalytic converter. This is very problematic since your exhaust fumes won't ever reach the converter, and they will be released into the atmosphere without having been made less toxic. So if your intermediate pipe gets disconnected, weld it back in place or make sure it's securely reconnected to your converter.
When it comes to components that carry and manage harmful exhaust fumes, having leaks is a very serious problem. Unfortunately, as your mileage increases, your pipe is bound to become more worn out. In fact, vehicles with high mileage are no strangers to having a pipe that's become paper thin. As the pipe corrodes, it develops holes in the pipe. The spot weld where the heat shield is attached is one common place where you may find holes in the pipe. As a remedy, seal these holes or have the pipe replaced.