An Exhaust System
is piping used to guide exhaust gases away from a controlled combustion inside an engine.
The entire system conveys burnt gases from the engine and includes one or more exhaust pipes. Depending on the overall system
design, the exhaust gas may flow through the cylinder head, exhaust manifold, a catalytic converter (to reduce air pollution),
a muffler (to reduce noise), and sometimes a secondary device known as a resonator to further reduce noise.
Exhaust piping is usually made from carbon steel with or without an aluminized coating to help slow down corrosion. In NE
Ohio, as you know, our vehicle exhaust systems are subjected to highly corrosive salts, typically either sodium chloride (rock salt) or
calcium chloride during the winter months. Making our roads ice and snow free comes at a cost: exhaust system corrosion. So what to do?
So what do you have on your vehicle? If your exhaust pipes are carbon or aluminized carbon steel, a magnet will adhere to the pipe.
If your exhaust is stainless steel, the magnet may... OR MAY NOT stick. Why?
There exists different types of stainless steel used in vehicle manufacturing. Without this discussion becoming too technical, let's
just say that 304 stainless only slightly attracts a magnet, while 409 stainless attracts a magnet significantly more.
In terms of corrosion protection, a standard steel pipe is less expensive but it corrodes more easily, and may just cost you more in
the long run. A stainless steel exhaust highly resists corroding. Whereas a standard steel exhaust can corrode in as little as three years,
it would not be unheard of to have a stainless system last the 200,000 miles or more.
Many high end automobile exhaust systems used polished stainless to make them visually appealing. You and I might not consider
a stainless exhaust the modern equivalent of a pin-up girl, but many car aficionados do! They want things to work right, resist corrosion,
and look good doing it. Stainless fits that bill.
If that's not enough, some online sources claim that stainless steel exhausts are more efficient ventilation systems. The upside to that
is reduced heat buildup in the engine and exhaust system. And many stainless systems have a lifetime guarantee!
|Custom Stainless Systems
Quiet Fit Muffler & Brake can build a custom, stainless steel system for your car or truck. We custom bend our
stainless pipe to make the system YOU want for your vehicle. Many of our customers want dual exhaust systems. We do that. Many want a
custom look and sound. We do that, too.
If your vehicle is special to you, it's special to us. We can meet your custom exhaust needs. Just ask us.
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