Common Exhaust FAQ’s
A typical exhaust system lasts anywhere from two to three years; however, you should check it more frequently for damage. Performing routine checks will keep you and your passengers safer.
The exhaust system is made up of multiple parts on your vehicle, with the main functioning components being the catalytic converter and muffler. The exhaust system controls the emissions that are released from your vehicle.
Your exhaust system routes fumes away from the interior cabin of your vehicle and the muffler expels them into the atmosphere. The system is designed to help you maintain optimum performance while driving, and it is designed to reduce pollution.
One of the most common signs that your muffler is not doing its job is when your vehicle is extremely loud while running. Is it safe to drive with a loud muffler? Here are some reasons why you should be concerned when your muffler is louder than usual:
- If the muffler has a hole in it, carbon monoxide can leak into your vehicle. This cause dizziness, nausea, and headaches. If you are exposed to carbon monoxide for a long period of time, unconsciousness and death can occur. It is not something you want to mess with! IF your muffler is loud due to a hole, the vehicle needs to be inspected and repair by a mechanic immediately.
- Is your vehicle making a clunking sound while running? This could be a sign that a broken piece of the muffler came off and is rattling around in the exhaust system. Your vehicle should be looked at by a mechanic to determine the location of the noise.
- Unusual exhaust smoke can be a sign of a broken muffler. If you see thick smoke while the vehicle is running, this may be an indication the muffler is not properly performing. This can be dangerous to you and the environment, so a professional is needed immediately.
For all your muffler needs, come to Automotive Hospital! Our expert technicians will locate and resolve your problem in no time!
For most automotive systems, there are always a few core problems that almost all system issues boil down to. For the exhaust system, these are some of the most common problems that your vehicle can run into during its lifetime.
- A faulty oxygen sensor
- Exhaust leaks
- A clogged muffler
- Broken hangers
- Increased engine noise
- Exhaust smoke
If you are facing any of these issues with your car, do not hesitate to get it to a reputable automotive shop immediately. For customers in the Sydney area, Automotive Hospital is here to assist and deliver results quickly to get your car back on the road!
Emissions from a vehicle are generally the engine exhaust which contains carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, lead compounds, nitrogen oxides, unburnt hydrocarbons, and water vapor, among other pollutants.
Today, modern vehicles that use unleaded gasoline and are equipped with a catalytic converter produce sustainably lower amounts of pollutants into the air.
The catalytic converter is an important part of the exhaust system that sits between the engine and the muffler and is one of the last lines of defense against air pollution from vehicles. Typically, catalytic converters last for 10+ years, however, they can become clogged, damaged, overheated, or contaminated over time. This leads to a sluggish engine at best and full engine shutdown at worst.
Is your catalytic converter going bad on you? These are some surefire signs that you may have a problem on your hands:
- Sluggish engine performance
- Reduced acceleration
- Smoke/exhaust is dark
- Your car has a smell that resembles rotten eggs or sulfur
- Excessive amounts of heat under the vehicle
While some of these symptoms can be caused by other parts of your emissions system, you need a proper diagnose from a mechanic to sort out where the heart of the issue is at. Call Automotive Hospital for your diagnostic today!
A two-way or dual-catalytic converter can cost anywhere between $100-$500, while a three-way catalytic converter can cost upwards of $2,000-$3,000 with parts and labor. Older model cars tend to have catalytic converters that are simpler designs, which are less expensive to replace than the modern high-tech versions. However, finding older parts for an older vehicle can be time-consuming and costly.
Mufflers can cost anywhere from $100 on the low end to $500 on the high end, however, you will have to add additional money for labor. Prices will also vary across different models, makes, and vehicle types. Some mufflers can even cost less or more than the average, and sometimes that has to do with manufacturer and aftermarket mufflers, which are cheaper and more common to replace than the manufacturer ones.
The total cost of your repairs will depend on shop prices and location. Come into Automotive Hospital today for all your exhaust repairs and get a quote for services!