Being car care aware is an essential part of being a responsible driver, and having the knowledge you need to identify certain problems before complete failure strikes can in fact save you lots of money in the long run. The car exhaust plays an integral role in your vehicle’s operation. As well as controlling noise and directing fumes, your exhaust can also enhance engine performance and improve fuel efficiency.
Just like any part of your car however, your exhaust is subject to wear and tear, which must be spotted to avoid catastrophic failure and an emergency trip to your local garage. Exhausts can corrode from both the inside and the outside, leaving them particularly vulnerable, but knowing how to spot the signs of exhaust wear and tear will ensure you can repair or replace this essential car part under less dramatic circumstances.
Increased noise emissions
The silencer is the part of the exhaust that tends to be the most susceptible to wear and tear. Thanks to its position (the silencer sits the furthest away from the engine), the silencer is easily corroded by acidic moisture, which condenses into pools throughout the exhaust system due to its cooler temperature. An issue with the silencer can however be easily identified as your exhaust will make a loud roaring noise.
It’s not just roaring that you need to listen out for. Hissing sounds can indicate manifold cracks, pipe damage or gasket leaks, whilst a chugging sound can mean a blockage deep within the system.
A far from smooth ride
Wear and tear can result in a number of issues within the exhaust system, and noticing that your ride isn’t as smooth as it should be is a common sign that something is amiss. You may experience a vibrating sensation when driving, which can not only be seen but heard. The associated sound may be rather metallic, which could indicate a loose mounting or support bracket. Whilst loose brackets and hangers may be a quick and easy job to fix, it can put extra stress of the exhaust making failure even more likely.
Completing an exhaust check
While keeping an ear out for enhanced noise emissions and experiencing increased vibrations may provide far from subtle warning signs, nothing beats taking a closer look at your exhaust. Complete a visual check to identify external rust, cracks and holes that may cause more serious problems later down the line.
If you’re having trouble identifying a problem with your exhaust it’s best to look for professional help. Your local mechanic will be able to assist you, if you’re local to Waterlooville come by the Collison garage for an exhaust check-up.