Your Magnaflow exhaust package comes with three pieces–a resonator, center pipe, and muffler section. The front resonator comes with a mounting flange that bolts right onto your stock catalytic converter. This part connects to a center pipe that is secured with exhaust clamps, which are supplied. And the rear muffler section joins together, exiting the car in the center of the rear bumper. Also, all the parts are stainless steel, which don’t rust or stain–nice job Magnaflow.
Hybrid system – Where the car uses a combination of power sources to run – ie. petrol or diesel and electric. The Toyota Prius is a well known example.
Direct injection – A quicker, more efficient way of getting fuel into the engine. Direct injection process removes the step of mixing the fuel with air prior to injection.
Damper – Aids shock absorption. The damper controls the springs, creating a smooth/soft return to normal position after a bump. Bad damping can significantly impact ride comfort.
Burning Food – If the car smells like something in the oven is burning then you might have an electrical problem. There may also be something wrong with the air condition. Generally speaking when there is a burning smell this indicates that there is a problem and you probably do not want to buy this car.
So the term cat-back refers to all parts of the exhaust system between the outlet of the scrap O2 sensor recycling or cat and the outside air. This usually means a series of pipes, one or more mufflers, and perhaps exhaust tips.
ABS – Anti-Lock Braking System – referred to as active safety, ABS prevents your car skidding under hard braking. If you’re skidding, you can’t steer or control the car. In practice, wheel sensors can tell when the wheels are locked (skidding) and deliver a message to the brakes to tell them to ease off to allow the driver to avoid skid and correct steering. You can often feel this happening – the brake pedal vibrates beneath your foot, it feels a bit like you’re driving over ripple strips.
There are professional car inspectors. You will find them locally in your yellow pages. You could hire one of them for around $100 dollars per car and watch him inspect a car or two.