Affordable Car Exhaust Repairs And Replacement Services
A car exhaust system is more important than many people realise as it performs several vital functions. Not only does it keep your car quiet and helps the engine run properly but it also maintains fuel efficiency, keep fumes out of the car and reduces your emissions.
Without a regular car service and exhaust inspection, you could be faced with many issues. The fact is car exhaust problems only worsen over time so it’s always best to act quickly to avoid costly exhaust repairs.
What Does My Exhaust System Do?
Depending on your car’s make and model, the layout of the exhaust system may vary but all exhausts work similarly. There are several components including the manifold, catalytic converter, sensors, silencer and exhaust pipe. Here’s how an exhaust system works:
- Whilst driving, the manifold in the exhaust system collects harmful gases produced by the engine and pushes them into the catalytic converter
- It removes harmful elements like carbon monoxide and hydrogen monoxide from the gas
- From there, the gas goes through the silencer to reduce noise levels
- Now, it safely exits the vehicle through the exhaust pipe away from you and your passengers
Many modern, fuel-injected cars have CO2 sensors to measure the ratio of oxygen to harmful exhaust gas as it exits the vehicle. The sensors are usually fitted inside the exhaust pipe and display vital emissions and fuel efficiency information to the onboard computer.
What Is The Most Common Issue With A Car Exhaust System?
The main reason for exhaust damage is rust, which can cause several issues. Depending on how bad the rust is, it can sometimes lead to complete exhaust failure or structural damage. It’s rare for corrosion to result in the exhaust pipe coming loose and dragging along the road but it’s not uncommon. If there is damage to your exhaust system and this happens, you should stop somewhere safe as soon as possible and call roadside assistance.
Another possible issue arising from a faulty exhaust system is damage to any surrounding components. For example, a cracked exhaust pipe will have hot fumes blowing onto components and that could potentially cause a fire. The type of effect it will have on other parts underneath your car will depend on where the crack is located within the exhaust system.
Do I Need An Exhaust Repair Or An Exhaust Replacement?
Considering your car exhaust is a crucial component, you need to make sure it’s always running smoothly. However, it can be difficult to tell whether you need a new exhaust or a simple exhaust repair but here are some warning signs to look out for.
- A rattling, roaring or any other type of unusual noise coming from your exhaust system
- When there is visual damage, such as cracks or holes, particularly where the different sections meet
- Rust can be an issue but not always it’s best to book an exhaust inspection just to be safe
- Exhaust issues can often affect the engine especially in terms of power and acceleration so pay close attention to this as well
- A sure sign of trouble is when you notice more exhaust fumes inside your car than normal
- A burning odour that can often smell like a hot engine could indicate a faulty gasket
How Long Does A Car Exhaust Last?
It’s a tough question to answer accurately as several factors play a part in how long your exhaust should last. This includes your driving style, vehicle make and model and how often you drive and whether it’s short or long distance. All of these can impact the longevity of your exhaust system.
Modern cars have either chrome or stainless steel exhausts which are designed to last for the life of the car. On the other end of the scale are high-quality non-stainless steel exhausts with approximately a five-year lifespan. Remember, the exhaust pipe is exposed to very high temperatures that can cause rust, excessive wear, holes and cracks over time.
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How Often Should I Check My Exhaust?
We recommended checking your exhaust at least twice a year for signs of damage. However, it’s important to have it looked at when something doesn’t feel or sound right whether it’s from hitting a speed bump too fast or wear and tear.
When it comes to your exhaust system, there’s no room for error. Some vehicle owners will attempt a temporary fix using exhaust paste, for example, but it’s not advisable. Even if it seems fine initially, it can actually cause more damage and leave you with a much bigger repair bill.
Remember, if you frequently use your car for shorter journeys, you will more than likely experience exhaust corrosion much sooner compared to long-distance driving.
Where Can I Get My Exhaust System Checked?
If you suspect any part of your exhaust system needs attention, don’t hesitate to contact your nearest Elite branch. We will perform a free exhaust check and provide you with a no-obligation quote if you need exhaust repairs or a new exhaust system entirely.
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