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Vehicle Care Questions: Why is There Water in My Tailpipe?

Vehicle Care Questions: Why is There Water in My Tailpipe?

At some point, you’ll see water dripping out of the tailpipe. Here are some vehicle care tips for what to do next.

An internal combustion engine is one of the marvels of human ingenuity. Without it, we wouldn’t have all the different vehicles we see on the road today. The combustion process produces exhaust gases from the engine. At some point, you’ll see water dripping out of the tailpipe. Here are some vehicle care tips for what to do next.

Too Much Condensation

When it comes to vehicle care, nothing is more important than making sure your engine remains in good condition. Internal combustion is a miracle of science, but it also takes its toll on your vehicle’s engine.

There are three main byproducts of internal combustion: water vapor, nitrogen, and carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide mixes with water as the exhaust gases are vented out of the engine and towards the tailpipe. Once your vehicle stops, it will start to cool down. This makes the condensation easier to see, and water will start dripping out of the tailpipe.   

The Engine is Overheating

When the engine turns over, you’ll hear that familiar growl as your car or truck starts up. But that doesn’t mean the motor oil has started flowing again yet. If there isn’t enough oil or coolant in your engine’s tank, then it’s more likely that your engine will overheat, especially on a hot day. Water droplets will start coming out in cold weather, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t keep an eye on your vehicle’s exhaust system just because it’s not cold yet.

The Converter

The catalytic converter is responsible for decreasing the harmful emissions from your vehicle’s exhaust system through the tailpipe. This component works the same way no matter whether you drive a car or a truck.  

What You Can Do

Water vapor is the culprit behind most of these vehicle problems. Water vapor will form more quickly in cold weather, which means that the water dripping out of your exhaust will become a bigger issue as fall and winter approach. The engine’s heat will spread throughout the car and form condensation, which turn comes out of the tailpipe. Keep a close eye on how your vehicle’s engine is performing. If you sense any signs of trouble, it may be time for some professional vehicle care.

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