Exhaust & Muffler

Exhaust & Muffler

If your muffler is rattling or making loud noises or you can small exhaust in your car, you need to call the experts to have your exhaust system checked. However, normal exhaust operations sometimes cause people to question whether or not their system is functioning properly. Here are some of the questions we often answer for our customers:

Is the Smoke Coming out of the Tailpipe a Problem?

When the weather is cooler, it’s common for exhaust fumes to appear more visible. You don’t need to worry so long as the exhaust is generally light in color and the odor isn’t stronger than normal. However, dark fumes coming out of the exhaust system could indicate a serious problem

Why is Water Dripping from the Tailpipe?

Water vapor is a typical by-product of a healthy exhaust system. The conversion process from CO to CO2 produces water vapor as steam that may cool to liquid water as it exits the system through the tailpipe

Does the Exhaust System Effect Fuel Efficiency?

The short answer is: Yes. Exhaust systems come equipped with an oxygen sensor that tells the engine to increase or decrease the volume of fuel it’s burning. A defective sensor can mislead the engine into burning too much fuel. Another problem is that the wrong signal can make your vehicle feel sluggish.

When Should I get a New Muffler?

Today’s factory mufflers are technology-driven and often more durable than older products. Unless you live in a climate that promotes rust, your muffler may last the entire life of your vehicle. However, snow and high humidity can cause a muffler to rust prematurely and collisions or road hazards may perforate the muffler, requiring repair or replacement. A professional will know when it’s time for a new muffler.

What are the Signs of a Bad Muffler?

One of the early warning signs is that your vehicle will get louder as you begin to accelerate. If the noise has already increased a few decibels, you probably need to schedule an appointment with a muffler mechanic soon.

If you have other concerns that your exhaust system may not be functioning at a high level, it’s important to have an experienced, full-service auto facility perform a prompt diagnostic review and tune-up. Faulty exhaust systems can release dangerous gases into your vehicle and cause significant damage to other auto parts.

Benefits of Ongoing Exhaust System Inspection and Repair

A damaged or declining exhaust system can significantly impact your ability to manage the vehicle during critical moments. It can impede acceleration and cause a car, truck, or SUV to stall. It can also cause you to fail the emissions test for your Texas state safety inspection. Toxic gases seeping into the vehicle while you drive friends and family members around can damage health. Faulty exhaust systems not only harm the environment, but they also put everyday people at risk

That’s why our team of exhaust and muffler mechanics provide our valued customers with diagnostic and visual assessments about the condition and emerging repair needs. These include:

  • Signs of excessive wear
  • Cracks or leaks in the pipes, catalytic converter or tailpipe
  • Loose or deteriorating fittings that can allow gases to escape
  • Damaged or broken exhaust system hangers
  • Rust build-up that could comprise the system