Your Porsche exhaust system, though complex, is designed to execute pretty basic functions. It controls emissions, keeps you and your passengers safe, and reduces noise. But if one small thing is damaged or in need of repair/replacement, those functions are affected – as well as the performance of your car. And performance is one of the main reasons that people buy Porsches. So, to ruin the performance of such a magnificent vehicle simply because an exhaust system component needs replacing, or repair is inexcusable to many.
What Happens During Malfunction?
Your vehicle’s passenger/driver compartment can fill with noxious fumes in the case of an improperly functioning exhaust system. It doesn't take long for the inside of your vehicle, in this case, to present a serious health/life hazard. The reason – carbon monoxide, instead of going out into the atmosphere, is seeping directly into the air you breathe inside the vehicle.
Signs of carbon monoxide poisoning:
- Flu-like symptoms
- Loss of consciousness (and eventually death)
Signs of an Exhaust System Issue
In states that experience severe winter conditions (ice, snow, sleet, etc.), salt plays a major role in the corrosion and rust that typically are problematic for a Porsche exhaust system. During winter months, and when the car can be in a warm environment until thoroughly dried, underside flushes should be done to minimize the effects from road salt. If you notice any holes or heavily rusted areas in your exhaust system, it should be checked.
When it comes to your Porsche exhaust system, here are some additional things to be on the lookout for:
- Decreased fuel efficiency – Among other things, a broken oxygen sensor could be indicated if your fuel efficiency seems to be suffering.
- From the underside of your vehicle, popping or hissing noises are detected – Frequently, this is a problem in the muffler. Noises such as these are a good indication that, somewhere along the system, there is a leak.
- Exhaust fumes can be smelled – You should immediately schedule an appointment with your vehicle technician/mechanic if, from within your vehicle, you smell fumes. Though not driving the car until it can be fixed is preferable, if you must drive (for instance, to the repair shop), to minimize problems with exhaust fumes infiltrating the inside of your car, drive with your windows down. Even if it's cold out!
Best Problem Detector
As is usually the case with Porsche or any other vehicle, preventative maintenance is the best form of maintenance. Periodic inspections should be made of your complete exhaust system to make sure that it is operating proficiently and properly. This way, before minor issues become major ones, they can be taken care of in expedited fashion.
The safety of your passengers and yourself, the safety of the environment, and the performance of your vehicle rely heavily on a properly operating Porsche exhaust system. For that system to be adequately maintained, only Porsche parts should be used, and servicing should be completed by a qualified technician (mechanic). If you notice problems within your exhaust system, do not hesitate to have the components in question repaired or replaced.