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Monthly Archives: October 2021

What Are the Parts of an Exhaust System?

What Are the Parts of an Exhaust System?

Good question! You already know that your exhaust system is composed of more that one part (for example the exhaust). That’s why they call it an exhaust system! There is also more than one function of the exhaust system (like: keep your car quiet). COMPONENTS OF AN EXHAUST SYSTEM The basic components of an exhaust system are: O2 sensors, catalytic converter(s), exhaust pipe, muffler and tail pipe. The basic functions of the exhaust system are: to safely get the hot exhaust from the engine out the tail pipe, remove harmful pollutants and muffle the engine noise to acceptable levels. We all have heard a loud exhaust… quite harmful to the ears! HOW THE EXHAUST SYSTEM WORKS First, the catalytic converter “scrubs” the harmful pollutants and particles from the exhaust gas that is created when the engine is running. Next, the exhaust gas runs through the exhaust pipe, then the muffler and out the tail pipe. You will notice that the exhaust pipe is curved. This is so that t ... read more

Car Batteries-Useful Information

Car Batteries-Useful Information

How much do you know about car batteries? Very little? … me too! Our NAPA buddies have given us some basic information about car batteries to get us up to speed. When looking to replace a battery, you want to consider two things: 1) the cold cranking amps (CCA) and 2) the reserve capacity. Cold Cranking Amps CCA are generally listed on the battery and are like the power output used to start a cold vehicle engine. Being in Wisconsin, you need a battery with more cold cranking amps than you do where the weather is milder. In colder weather, it takes more power to turn your vehicle’s engine over to get it started. The engine has to deal with your car’s cold, sluggish oil. Also, the chemical reaction, that creates electrical energy, is less efficient in the cold weather. You should get a battery that has at least or more cold cranking amps than the manufacturer recommends. Reserve Capacity Reserve capacity, is the number of minutes, of reserve power, the battery has at any ... read more

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