Many car owners may not realise the importance of an exhaust in the running of a healthy car. It’s no surprise really as many drivers pay more attention to engine and tyres rather than exhaust repair or exhaust replacement. Exhaust pipes play a pivotal role in diverting exhaust fumes out of your engine, which in turn keeps your vehicle running smoothly. Built-up exhaust fumes can ultimately cause engine deterioration which is why checking your exhaust system regularly at a professional service centre is essential. Exhausts typically last for about five years although there are many other factors to take into consideration.
How can I tell if there is a problem with my exhaust?
While the only visible part of many cars’ exhaust is usually the tailpipe, there is a lot more to it. A complex series of pipes and chambers underneath the main body of your vehicle often makes it difficult to visually notice potential problems. Although most exhaust problems can be diagnosed by listening out for unfamiliar sounds, other signs include rust, smoke coming from the exhaust pipe and a sudden drop in fuel efficiency. Exhaust damage can occur when going over speed bumps and low kerbs scraping or hitting the undercarriage of your car. A FREE exhaust check at any Elite Garages will offer a clear indication of any visible damage.
Why does my exhaust make a noise?
Your car exhaust can make several different noises but it’s knowing which ones are warning signs and which are normal. When you hear the following sounds, it may be time for an exhaust replacement or exhaust repair:
- a hissing sound could indicate a crack in the exhaust manifold or a leaky gasket
- a chugging or roaring sound could indicate a blockage in the system
- rattling noises underneath the car are indicative of misalignment
- loud vibrations could be a sign of a foreign object touching the pipes, a broken bracket or a loose mounting
If the silencer on your exhaust has corroded and worn away, you may hear a loud rumbling noise alerting you to a potential problem. Many exhaust faults can have an adverse effect on your emissions and miles per gallon (MPG) which is why regular exhaust checks are vital, especially before an emissions check during your MOT.
FREE Exhaust Check
Identifying the source of vibrations tend to be easier than sounds. If you feel vibrations when your car is running or experience a loss of power, bring it in for a FREE exhaust check. Let our expert technicians know where you noticed the vibration, either the steering wheel, operating pedals, or the seat. These symptoms could be the result of a hole, disconnected part, or a leak in the exhaust system. We supply all the leading UK brands of standard and performance exhaust systems for all makes and models of cars. If we don’t have it in stock, we’ll order it for you.