The Isuzu Rodeo's intermediate pipe is one tube on which exhausts passes through to make its way from the engine to the tailpipe. An issue with this part is serious because it means there's a problem with your SUV removing internal waste. The following are some signs you should spot to know that you have a problematic intermediate pipe. It's important that you know when the one on your Rodeo is going bad in order for you to immediately work on it.
Seeing rust and corrosion on the exhaust system is a huge problem. Having patches of these on the intermediate pipe has the potential to create the gaps and holes you want to avoid. Old metal tubes naturally have a tendency to rust. However, certain factors can hasten the rate at which this happens: moist pipes, wet trails, and road salt. If you think that you normally drive under these conditions, the more you should be wary of the intermediate pipe's state.
A stock exhaust system that's intact makes a tolerable amount of noise. However, if you suddenly notice that your engine is louder than usual-and you don't remember making any modifications to it-it's possible that an intermediate pipe with holes and gap is to blame. The tube's location near the engine and far from the noise-reducing mufflers and resonators makes it one of the perfect suspects for this type of symptom.
Clattering and rattling from underneath the Rodeo is another possible sign of a busted intermediate pipe. The noise is caused by broken exhaust hangers that aren't securing the tube in place. This results to a loose pipe that shakes around every time you drive your SUV. Leave this unattended and there's a chance that this fully falls off and damages the whole exhaust system.
Other than noise, you know you have a bad intermediate pipe if you suddenly smell a good amount of exhaust fumes. A worse symptom is feeling dizzy and drowsy while you drive, especially if you're in the middle of heavy traffic and air isn't circulating well. When this happens, stop driving immediately and get the intermediate pipe repaired! Insisting on driving with a busted one is dangerous to both your SUV and anybody riding the Rodeo.