Topic: Checking the Exhaust System on Your SUV Before a Trip
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You need to assure there are no exhaust leaks anywhere in your exhaust system, especially if you are going to take your SUV off the road. A leaking exhaust system can start a fire in dry grass!

You can rely on your senses of smell and hearing to determine if there is an issue here. If you smell exhaust fumes inside your car, there is a serious leak in your system and you need to take your SUV to a muffler dealer for repairs.

Start you SUV (assure the SUV in in Park and the emergency brake is set) and crawl along both sides of the vehicle from the front to the back and listen carefully underneath. If you hear a "putt, putt, putt" sound coming from anywhere but the exhaust pipe exit at the end of the exhaust system, you probably have an exhaust leak. Common leaks occur at the muffler inlet or outlet pipes (red arrow in top photo) or from holes in the muffler (yellow arrow in top photo). Raise the hood on your SUV and stand first on right side and then the left side and listen for the same "putt, putt, putt" sound. If you hear such a sound in the engine compartment, you may have an exhaust leak in the exhaust manifold. If you suspect an exhaust leak, take your SUV to a muffler dealer for further checking and repairs.
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