Your exhaust helps to remove spent fumes from the engine, control noise from the vehicle for a smooth drive and can even aid fuel efficiency.

Made up of several components, the exhaust is a complex system which includes the manifold, catalytic converter, sensors, silencer and exhaust pipe. In order for the exhaust to function properly, each element must be in good condition.

Like many aspects of your car, the exhaust has several jobs to do each time you drive. However, it is your driving style that can actually play a part in how long your exhaust will remain in good working condition for.

The exhaust in modern cars is typically made from either chrome or stainless steel and made to last for the cars entire lifetime. On the other hand, high-quality non-stainless steel exhausts may last around five years.

Sign You May Need a New Exhaust

Engine Noise

Even slight damage to the silencer part in your exhaust can cause a big difference to the level of noise you hear. However, if you begin to hear a rattling or rumbling noise it may be a sign that your catalytic converter is loose or is in need or replacement.

Rust and Signs of Wear

Sometimes, issues on a car can be spotted by a visual check. If your exhaust is covered in excessive rust or you notice any splitting, it may be time for a replacement.

Reduced Fuel Efficiency

There are many things that can lead to reduced fuel efficiency, including a leak in your exhaust system. Your vehicle is a machine and will typically give you multiple warning signs if there is a problem. On the other hand, you may get little to no warning or become used to the grumbles and groans your car produces. Consequently, a regular service is important to keep your vehicle in good condition.

Here at B.J. Banning, our highly trained mechanics can spot small problems before they turn into something bigger, providing you with all options so you may choose the best one for you. If you’d like to speak to one of our team about a problem you have discovered with your vehicle, call today on 0121 327 2741.

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