About the exhaust:
When fuel is burnt in the engine, it must exit your vehicle somehow. Your car’s exhaust system consists of a series of components that are responsible for cleaning and expelling exhaust emissions that are produced by the engine.
Burnt fuel leaves your engine through the exhaust manifold, where it is then sent through the catalytic converter. The catalytic converter cleans the emissions, resulting in the gasses causing less damage to the environment. Following this, the muffler masks the sound of these fumes exiting your car. If any of these parts malfunction, they will need to be repaired or replaced to restore proper exhaust function.
Symptoms of a damaged exhaust manifold:
If the exhaust manifold (or surrounding gaskets) becomes damaged, the operation of your exhaust and engine will be affected. This will usually result in the following symptoms:
- Loud exhaust noises – If the exhaust manifold, mufflers, catalytic converter, or any other exhaust part develops a crack or leak, exhaust fumes can exit loudly. This can create loud chuffing or other types of noise.
- Poor engine performance – You may notice rough engine running, bad fuel economy, or reduced engine power. These symptoms can be a result of the exhaust manifold, mufflers, catalytic converter, or any other exhaust part leaking, which affects the engine’s air/fuel ratio.
- Electrical and plastic components are damaged – A damaged exhaust manifold, mufflers, catalytic converter, or any other exhaust part can cause hot exhaust fumes to leak and damage surrounding components. This can often be noticed y a strong burning smell coming from the exhaust system.
Symptoms of a damaged catalytic converter:
The catalytic converter changes some properties of the harmful gases produced by the engine. As a result, the emitted gasses make a less damaging impact on the environment and reduces harmful Green House Gas Emissions. Constant misfires can cause an extremely rich fuel mixture to enter the catalytic converter. This can damage it. If the catalytic converter fails, you may notice the following symptoms:
- Increased emissions – A failing catalytic converter will not be able to clean emissions properly. This can lead to increased exhaust fumes and often a stronger exhaust smell.
- Poor engine performance – Similar to a damaged exhaust manifold, mufflers, catalytic converter, or any other exhaust part can result in a loss of engine power, bad fuel economy, or rough engine running.
Symptoms of a bad muffler:
The muffler is designed to minimise the noise that leaves your vehicle via the exhaust. If it is damaged, you may notice the following symptoms:
- Extremely loud exhaust – The muffler drastically affects the volume of your car’s exhaust. If it fails, you will often notice an extremely loud noise coming from the exhaust.
- Strong smell – Part of the muffler’s job is to send exhaust fumes away from your vehicle. A failing muffler may cause these fumes to linger, resulting in a strong, harmful smell.
Exhaust Repairs in Hamilton
Is your car in need of an exhaust repair? If so, we can help! At Grimmer Motors, our team of experienced mechanics can quickly diagnose problems in your car’s exhaust. From there, we can provide expert repairs that you can rely on.
For exhaust manifold, muffler, and catalytic converter repairs and replacement in Hamilton, contact Grimmer Motors today!