The lowest part of your car to the bottom may be the tires, but the second-lowest is the exhaust, which means it’s in line if you’re experiencing a serious problem from a pothole. If the pothole is too deep or your car is raised enough, the tip of your pipe may fall to the ground. Considering that the exhaust is supposed to prevent toxic fumes from building up in your car, it’s not a good idea.
While driving, keep your eyes and ears open for signs of smoke damage, including unusual noises coming from the back of your car and water coming out of the road. If you see or hear these symptoms, it may mean that the exhaust pipe, as well as its related components, have been affected directly. Damaged paint can put you on the fast track to total engine failure, which means it needs to be inspected and repaired immediately.