There’s a lot more to exhausts than you might think.
Your vehicle’s exhaust is no longer a simple pipe system designed to channel fumes away from the engine with a silencer to reduce any noise. On modern cars, exhausts are now full emission control systems that use the very latest technology to reduce your vehicle’s impact on the environment.
A modern exhaust system:
- Channels away spent gases
- Boosts engine performance
- Improves fuel consumption
Your vehicle exhaust is made up from a series of pipes that go from the engine to the tailpipe. You may hear these sections referred to as a front pipe, catalytic convertor, middle section, rear box and tail pipe. Depending on the condition of your exhaust, you may need just a single section replacing, a couple of sections or more unusually, an entire exhaust system. If an exhaust system is excessively corroded, then this may make the parts very difficult to separate from one another and so you’ll need to replace more sections of the exhaust.
Signs of a problem with your Exhaust
Usually the first sign that something isn’t quite right with your exhaust is a noise developing; many customers report hearing a rattle, hiss, roar or chugging noise when something is amiss.
Common signs to look out for include:
- Knocking or rattling noises from an exhaust part becoming loose
- Part of the exhaust becoming low or dragging on the road
- Your exhaust sounding louder
- Visible holes or excessive corrosion
- An increase in smoke coming from the exhaust
Physical damage to the exhaust is a common reason for an exhaust part in need of replacement. Knocks and bumps from speed humps and high curbs can damage the exhaust; you may be able to spot this damage yourself before your exhaust check. This will depend on where the damage is, sometimes it’s not easy to see until your car is on a lift and the entire underside of the vehicle can be seen.
All exhausts corrode over time from both inside and out, how long this takes to happen will depend on what mileage you do and what your vehicle is used for; a car used for town driving will tend to get exhaust corrosion more quickly than one doing motorway miles. It’s not necessarily down to how old the exhaust is as to when it’ll need replacing.
Free Exhaust Checks
Here at Eden Tyres & Servicing, our technicians are trained to diagnose faults with your exhaust system and will advise you on the best way to deal with them. In many cases, if a problem is spotted early enough, we can replace a single section as opposed to the entire exhaust system which will save you both time and money. Sometimes exhausts are perfectly fine but just needs re securing with a replacement exhaust bracket.
All our branches offer a free, no-obligation exhaust check service. As we need to put your car on a ramp to do this it’s best to book for this to avoid you waiting for one to become available, same day appointments are usually available. Our technicians will complete a full visual inspection, checking the exhaust mountings and looking for signs of physical damage, leaking joints and corrosion. If we find that a repair or replacement is needed then we’ll provide you with a no-obligation quotation along with an estimate of how long the repair would take to complete.
Exhausts are now full emission control systems, using the latest technology such as DPF’s (Diesel Particulate Filters) on diesel engines and Catalytic Convertors & Oxygen sensors on petrol engines to help reduce your vehicles impact on the environment. This ongoing drive to tighten vehicle emissions is not only leading to more complex exhaust systems, it’s also causing more vehicles to fail their MOT. Exhaust problems can cause your vehicle’s CO2 emissions to be higher than the legal requirements which would lead to an MOT failure.
Our branches source exhaust parts from a variety of trusted suppliers. We can offer you standard exhaust parts that come with a 2-year warranty or premium exhaust parts that come with a 3-year warranty. Want a price on both? That’s no problem. We can get you a quote on both to help you decide.
The cost of your new exhaust part will vary from vehicle to vehicle and depend on what section, or sections, of the exhaust need replacing. The only way to know for sure is to bring your vehicle in for a FREE inspection. If you know exactly what section of the exhaust you require then we can normally get a quote for you by using your registration number, although it’s always best if we can inspect the vehicle and match up the parts ourselves.
Our FREE inspection usually takes around 15 mins to complete once your vehicle is on a ramp in our workshop. It is always best to book first to ensure we have a technician and ramp available, especially if you plan on waiting with your vehicle. If you do require a new part we will get you a quote and estimated repair time. How long it takes will depend on how quickly we can get the part for you, although many exhaust repairs are completed within around an hour.