Your vehicle's exhaust system is vital for the operating efficiency of your vehicle. Depending on your car, the cost to make repairs to a damaged or broken exhaust component can range widely, but putting off repairs almost always costs more than addressing them promptly. The exhaust system
does more than just keep your car quiet--it routes exhaust fumes away from the cabin through the muffler, helps your engine run properly, maintains optimum fuel efficiency, and reduces polluting emissions.
Unfortunately, the exhaust system goes unnoticed until a driver hears strange noises and smells strange odors coming from the muffler. By this time, damage has already occurred that will require a repair service. Here are some useful things to know if you suspect your vehicle may need muffler or exhaust system repairs:
• Exhaust repair – When you hear deep or loud rumbling sounds coming from your muffler, it's time to get it to a mechanic. Having the exhaust repaired before it gets too loud offers the most benefit to you. Delaying a needed repair can make it cost more. That is because continuing to drive with an exhaust leak or bad catalytic converter can damage other things in your vehicle's operating system.
• Catalytic converter -- The catalytic converter is one of the highest priced exhaust system parts. A failing catalytic converter may sound like someone shaking a box of rocks when your vehicle is idling when parked or stopped in traffic.
• Exhaust leak -- If you notice a new vibration or loss of power, have the exhaust system checked by a professional. The vibrations caused by a hole, exhaust leak or disconnected exhaust system component can also signal the engine is no longer running at optimum performance.
• Fuel efficiency -- You may notice you have to fill up your gas tank more often than normal. Increased fuel use is a sign something is wrong with your car's exhaust system. When the exhaust leaks, your engine works harder. When your engine works harder, it requires more fuel.
A tip to remember: At each oil change, have the exhaust system inspected to make sure it stays in good shape! Don't delay in having problems repaired by a professional. It will save you money in the long run.
For an inspection of your exhaust system and muffler repair, contact our ASE Certified Technicians at Cannon Auto Repair today by calling 507-263-2120 or go on-line at https://www.cannonautorepair.com for more information. Our auto shop serves vehicle owners in Cannon Falls, MN
and the surrounding areas.