desert winds automotive

service, Repair & exhaust 



Your exhaust system not only helps to maintain a quiet ride, but it also prevents harmful gases from entering your vehicle.  Normal road conditions, as well as climate, can damage, break, or wear out exhaust components over time.  Our expert team at DESERT WINDS AUTOMOTIVE can provide comprehensive muffler and exhaust system services, including:

  • Comprehensive inspection of all exhaust components

  • Replacing all exhaust parts that are broken, missing, or malfunctioning

Below is a listing of the parts of the exhaust system and their functions:

  • Exhaust manifold:  The exhaust manifold attaches to the cylinder head and takes each cylinder's exhaust and combines it into one pipe. The manifold can be made of steel, aluminum, stainless steel, or more commonly cast iron.  

  • Oxygen sensor:  All modern fuel injected cars utilize an oxygen sensor to measure how much oxygen is present in the exhaust. From this the computer can add or subtract fuel to obtain the correct mixture for maximum fuel economy. The oxygen sensor is mounted in the exhaust manifold or close to it in the exhaust pipe.

  • Catalytic converter:  This part converts harmful carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons to water vapor and carbon dioxide. Some converters also reduce harmful nitrogen oxides. The converter is mounted between the exhaust manifold and the silencer box.

  • Muffler:  The muffler serves to quiet the exhaust down to acceptable levels. Remember that the combustion process is a series of explosions that create a lot of noise. Most mufflers use baffles to bounce the exhaust around dissipating the energy and quieting the noise. Some also use fiberglass packing which absorbs the sound energy as the gases flow through.

  • Exhaust pipe:  Between all of the above mention parts is the exhaust pipe which carries the gas through its journey out your tail pipe. Exhaust tubing is usually made of steel or aluminized steel tubing.