A Well-Functioning Exhaust System is not only important to vehicle passengers, but in a very real way, to our planet’s environment. One of the surest ways to ensure that your vehicle’s exhaust system is functioning correctly is to run an emissions test. Here at Auto Care Plus we utilize state-of-the art equipment that helps us pinpoint any leaks or equipment failure in your vehicle’s exhaust system.
EXHAUST SYSTEM CHECK-UP AND REPAIR
The exhaust system found in modern vehicles is a technical wonder that monitors and adjusts fuel efficiency and turns harmful gasses and hydrocarbon emissions into harmless water vapour. Its enemy is rust, corrosion, and impact holes. Our check-up includes a physical examination and component testing.
- The Exhaust Manifold emanates from the cylinder head and routes each cylinder’s exhaust into one pipe. Our checkup includes: A physical examination of the attaching hardware and the pipe itself.
- The Oxygen Sensor measures the amount of oxygen present in the manifold pipe and adjusts the fuel mixture for maximum efficiency. Our checkup includes: A physical examination of the component and an efficiency test through the vehicle’s main computer. Symptoms of trouble: Poor gas mileage, rough idling, engine “missing” (irregular timing sounds); a warning light from the emissions control system, (usually the check engine light).
- The Muffler muffles the sound of the engine to acceptable levels using baffles and fiberglass packing. Our checkup includes: A physical examination of the muffler for corrosion, holes, or leaks around the attaching hardware. When noise exists but no leaks exist, we examine the baffles and packing.
- The Exhaust Pipe carries unburned gas fumes to the tail pipe. Our checkup includes: A physical examination of the exhaust and tail pipe to determine if any holes or leaks are occurring.
- The Catalytic Converter converts harmful fumes and hydrocarbons to harmless water vapor and acceptable levels of carbon dioxide. It may also address the presence of nitrogen oxides. Our checkup includes: A physical examination of the converter coupled with an emissions test. Converters can become clogged and at that point, will need replaced. Symptoms of trouble: Heat beneath the floorboard of the vehicle, a sulfur smell while operating, or a heated, (often glowing red), converter.
- Cars that are used primarily for short trips consisting of less than 15 miles often succumb to internal moisture within the exhaust system. This is caused when moisture is not burned off by the engine, (because it never achieves its full operating temperature). Cars utilized in this manner need more-frequent checkups; and our technicians may recommend stainless or aluminum exhaust system products to help ward off corrosion.
- Cars that are exposed to salt products during the winter can preserve the health of their exhaust system, (as well as brakes and other parts), by washing the undercarriage every couple of weeks.