Black exhaust pipe

ford
taurus

#1

Is it true if your exhaust pipe is black that you have engine problems?


#2

It usually means the engine is running too rich.

Is the Check Engine light on?

Tester


#3

No, I do not see any light on the panel. That also concerns me. When I start the car they show up, but then they turn off. Is that normal? It is a 2006 Ford Taurus.


#4

When you see all the warning lights come, those systems are going thru a self-test.

If they turn off once the engine is started, that’s normal.

Tester


#5

Ok thank you. I am just trying to figure all this stuff out and make a decent decision. I am buying this car from my work. It seems to run good, but someone told me if the pipe is black then it is engine problems. I cant have that.


#6

Then I suggest you have a pre-purchase inspection performed on the vehicle.

Spending a $100.00 now could save you 1000’s later

Tester


#7

Is it owned by your employer or someone you work with ? Either way if the vehicle has expensive problems it might have a detrimental relationship at your job. It is 12 years old after all.


#8

A black exhaust pipe can also be due to oil burning and that’s a serious issue.