How to Improve Gas Mileage with a Custom Car Exhaust
In today’s economy, everyone is looking for ways to save on gas. Many Arizona drivers mistakenly equate a Mesa custom car exhaust with a gas guzzling hot rod. A good comparison is to think of your car being like a runner, the better they can breathe better they can perform.
You can always try driving a “green” car, or a small economy car, either choice will save a lot on gas. You can also drive more carefully, such as speeding up and slowing down more gradually and sticking to the speed limit. if you don’t care for “green” or economy cars because you enjoy the car you drive, having a Mesa mechanic replace your car’s stock exhaust system with a custom car exhaust system can save a surprising amount of gas money. Car manufacturers are not concerned about providing the best quality exhaust systems, they are concerned about manufacturing vehicles as quickly as possible while keeping manufacturing costs as low as possible. While some higher quality vehicles may come with a better quality exhaust system, no factory exhaust system can compare to a custom car exhaust system when it comes to saving gas money.
An exhaust system is made up of numerous parts that work together to rid your car of the exhaust gases that are created during the combustion cycle, as your engine burns fuel. Each part of your exhaust system has an important role to play in removing exhaust gases away from the engine as quickly as possible, allowing another cycle of combustion to begin. The more quickly and efficiently an exhaust system does this the more efficiently an engine can run. The main parts of an exhaust system are an exhaust manifold, catalytic converter, oxygen sensors, exhaust pipes and the muffler.
To save money on gas, one of the best places to start with is your air filter. An old, dirty air filter will impede airflow to the engine, choking the life out of it. Instead of simply replacing your air filter, you may want to upgrade your air filter to one that allows higher airflow. The better an engine can take in air the more efficiently it can operate. Within the first year a high quality air filter usually allows you to recoup the money you paid for it by saving you gas money.
Another way a custom car exhaust improves gas mileage is by using wider, carefully bent pipes that allow exhaust gases to exit more quickly to prevent back pressure. Factory exhaust systems contain narrower pipes and sharper bends that restrict the flow of exhaust gases. Removing more of the spent exhaust gasses will improve an engine’s power and efficiency, thereby improving gas mileage.
One of the most effective ways to enhance your cars efficiency and gas mileage is to ask your mechanic to replace your factory exhaust with a cat-back custom car exhaust system. It is called a cat-back system because it replaces the manufacturer’s exhaust pipes from the catalytic converter on back, with larger exhaust pipes and an upgraded muffler that allows exhaust to escape more quickly. The more quickly the exhaust can escape, the more quickly the cylinder heads can take in air and fuel to begin another combustion cycle. The bottom line is, more air in and more air out make an engine more efficient both in horsepower and gas mileage.
Today’s custom car exhaust systems have zero negative impact on your engine or components. They actually increase the life of your engine by burning fuel more efficiently. In addition, many drivers enjoy the throaty growl that can be achieved with a custom car exhaust system, although some prefer a quieter ride. You can have the best of both worlds by asking your mechanic to recommend a muffler that contains inner baffles. It can be set to route the exhaust through the inner baffles, producing a more stock tone, or opened to create that custom exhaust tone.
If you’re tired of spending so much time and money at the gas pump, come in to Scottsdale Muffler & Automotive and allow our highly experienced mechanics to explain what can be gained by installing a custom car exhaust system, the different types of systems available and the higher grade materials that can be used. You may want to upgrade your exhaust system a little at a time, such as upgrading the air intake and then deciding if you would like to upgrade the next part. Even modifying one component at a time, you may quickly begin to see better gas mileage and performance.
Scottsdale Muffler & Automotive is a family owned company that employees ASE certified mechanics and provides them with continuing education. This is all done with you, the customer, in mind. We pride ourselves on our excellent service done at a fair price. From simple maintenance work to complicated auto repairs in Mesa, to custom work, we are the one stop for all your automotive needs. Contact us today!
Published By Fred McCurdy
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