Maintaining Your Exhaust System.
Failing to properly maintain your vehicles exhaust system can lead to many more headaches for you down the line. From diminishing fuel economy to an increase in air polution and negative impact on your local environment, problems in the exhaust become more serious and expensive to resolve the longer you leave them.
Five Warning Signs That Could Mean Your Exhaust Requires Attention.
The best solution, of course, is to look out for various warning signs that your exhaust needs inspecting and to help, our technicians have provided a few examples. If you spot any of the following signs, then please contact us by calling 01869 320032 and our experienced team will check the exhaust and if necessary, repair the issues.
Visible Signs of Damage or Wear
There are a few clear and obvious indicators you can look for with a quick glance under your car at the exhaust system. Things like rust and even holes should be very visible to the naked eye, even without getting too close. Hairline fractures and splits may be harder to spot, but if you’re able get a close-up, you might be able to see them. If you’ve noticed these first two signs, checking yourself was a great idea and now it’s time to get them quickly repaired.
Increased Engine Noise
When you’re driving along, does the engine seem louder than usual? You may not have paid much attention to how loud it was in the first place, but you might have noticed that you have recently turned up your radio volume, where before it was unnecessary.
Your exhaust system is part of keeping the engine quiet, so louder engine noises are a classic sign that something is wrong in the exhaust. It can be dangerous, too, because if the problem is at the manifold, then it can cause toxic fumes to leak into the passenger cabin and this can be serious. If you have any concerns then it is best to have your exhaust checked.
Fume smells inside the car
Following on from the above, if you ever smell fumes, especially in the car which typically carry an acrid chemical scent, then you should get the car immediately inspected, because something could be seriously wrong.
Besides new car smell, your air freshener, or the general smells of family car life, there shouldn’t be any other weird odours coming from the car. No fumes should be making it into the passenger cabin.
Your Vehicle Requires Refueling More frequently
If your usual fill-up is lasting a day or so less than usual when you’re driving habits haven’t changed, then it’s a classic sign of reduced overall efficiency. While this can happen to cars as they get older, it shouldn’t be happening on relatively new cars, and not rapidly in any car. If you’ve noticed this change quite suddenly, it might be that you have an exhaust leak. The more acute the problem, the more serious the leak could potentially be.
Vibrations Felt Through the Pedal or Steering Wheel
One last sign which is not so obvious, is that you may notice vibrations in the steering wheel or when you press on the accelerator. Although these types of vibrations are common and could be consider brake or road surface related, if the exhaust issues are ignored, then this warning sign can become among the strongest indicators of exhaust leaks. The smaller pedal/wheel vibrations are a prelude to what can become entire car judders if you leave it unattended.
Additionally, regular routine servicing and maintenance is crucial for increasing your vehicles longevity and maximising its performance. Not only does it work to rectify any current wear and tear in your vehicle, but it also effectively aids in preventing further damage from presenting itself in the future.
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Regular vehicle servicing and maintenance should also be done to avoid future inconvenience and unfortunate incidents on the road like sudden breakdown etc. It is wise to schedule and book a routine service to ensure your vehicle is always running smoothly whilst also protecting your safety on the road.
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