If you see a ton of exhaust coming out of your tailpipe, head straight to Padron Automotive. In fact, it’s an even better idea to have your vehicle towed to our shop. Any time there is excessive exhaust flowing out of the tailpipe, this is a sign that your vehicle’s engine is hemorrhaging coolant, fuel, or motor oil. If you keep driving the automobile, you may damage the engine irreparably.
If the color of the exhaust exiting the tailpipe is black, your car, truck, or utility vehicle’s engine is hemorrhaging fuel. As you can imagine, this can make driving the automobile risky should the fuel ignite. You do not want to start an engine fire. In fact, in severe cases, people have reported seeing flames or sparks flowing out of their tailpipe as well as the exhaust. This only looks cool in action movies.
Blue exhaust exiting the tailpipe means that your automobile is hemorrhaging motor oil. While there is little chance that this will start an engine fire, continuing to drive your vehicle could cause severe engine damage. If there is enough oil leaking to cause exhaust to flow out of the tailpipe, it’s a safe bet that your engine has very little oil circulating through it. This could cause an engine seize in a half-hour.
Another fluid that the engine can hemorrhage is coolant. When this happens, you will see white exhaust exiting the tailpipe. You may also see steam coming out from underneath the hood. Anytime the engine leaks coolant, the engine will run hotter. In severe cases, your engine will overheat. Continuing to drive the vehicle could damage the engine. The metal parts can only take so much continuous heat.
If you see nothing coming out of your tailpipe, this is a sign that everything is operating normally. Even if you drive a diesel automobile, you still shouldn’t see exhaust flowing out of the tailpipe. After it has been treated by the catalytic converter, the exhaust is clear. As such, the only thing you will see is the steam when the weather is cold outside. Anything else means a trip to our shop.
Padron Automotive in Topeka, KS, is the only auto service shop you need. Have your vehicle towed to our shop today if it is releasing excessive amounts of exhaust out of the tailpipe. We will find the fluid leak and fix it.