Emissions 101

Understanding your exhaust system and emissions can seem like a pretty daunting task, but when you break it down it’s pretty easy.

Environmental regulatory agencies focus on four types of engine emissions: carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons, nitrogen oxides, and particulate matter. As more focus is placed on health and environmental issues, governmental agencies throughout the world are enacting more stringent laws to reduce these emissions. Massachusetts State Law requires a yearly emissions inspection, along with your safety inspections.

The market is often focused on the complicated EPA Tiers and regulation dates, causing customers to engage in the negative discussion that commonly arises when equipment improvements are involved. But it’s critical to realize that the emissions regulations have a great deal to do with not only a better environment, but also the increased performance and improved fuel efficiency that these new engine technologies can possibly provide.

Emissions friendly exhaust systems found in newer models also allow for a quicker, more efficient path for exhaust gases to escape which, in turn, means your engine “breathes” better. The spent fuel and air exit the combustion chambers faster, so more fuel and air can be burned to create more power. The more efficiently you make your engine flow, the more power it can make. One of the most noticeable changes is the subtle, but distinctly aggressive, change in exhaust note. Many of the better systems are only slightly louder than your stock exhaust at idle, but they deepen to a low “growl” during acceleration.

When you combine all of this with the environmental benefits, it’s all significantly positive for this generation and generations to come.

At V&F

At V&F Auto, we offer:

  • Exhaust Manifold Repair
  • Custom Exhaust Fabrication
  • Exhaust Upgrades
  • Exhaust Repair & Replacement
  • Muffler Repair & Replacement
  • Tailpipe Repair & Replacement
  • Catalytic Converter Repair

Whether you’re choosing an new exhaust system, in need of a repair, or just want a muffler to gain some growl out of your exhaust system, we can help you choose the right upgrade for your vehicle. Call us today at (413) 314-2280, or schedule an appointment online.

Written by Nicole Palange

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