Exhaust Checks, Repairs & Replacement
Experts for Exhaust Checks, Exhaust Repairs and Replacements in Bromsgrove, Worcester and the South West of Birmingham Area
Baldwins Garage are your leading car garage that offers a reliable and affordable exhaust check, exhaust repair and replacement service in Bromsgrove.
If you want to keep your car performing well it is advised to have your exhaust checked regularly. Our exhaust check at Baldwins Garage will make sure your exhaust is safe and also performing as efficiently as possible. A poor performing exhaust can effect the efficiency of cars fuel consumption and will cost the owner more money to run. Not only that, an exhaust that is in poor condition is also a health risk and can effect the whole running of the car.
We at Baldwins Garage also perform catalytic converter checks. A catalytic converters purpose is to transform harmful gases into something less dangerous.
So you can understand why the Government recently introduced the law that if on checking your car, if it falls below certain emissions level the car will fail its MOT. Then until this is rectified the car is an MOT fail.
The exhaust system is a bit more complex than you would think.
For instance if your car has a fuel injection system it will have an oxygen sensor located in the exhaust. The purpose of the sensor is to work out how much oxygen is in the exhaust, and will use that information to optimise the amount of fuel burned in the engine as you go.
As well as this it also makes sure that there is enough oxygen in the exhaust gases for the oxidation catalyst to work. So if this sensor develops a fault or becomes clogged over time what happens is that this will send false readings to your cars computer. Meaning your car will no longer be as efficient as it should be and so will burn more petrol. Many exhaust problems can be attributed to a faulty sensor so its worthwhile having that checked even if you do not currently have a current problem.
Here are some common signs that you have a problem with your exhaust
RUST – There is nothing quite as dangerous for the exhaust system as rust. Rust problems occur from taking short trips frequently which allows water vapour to collect in the exhaust system and because it’s a short trip the exhaust never gets never gets hot enough to burn it off. Over time this condensation turns to rust and corrodes the exhaust from inside.
FAULTY OXYGEN SENSOR – As discussed before modern cars can have numerous oxygen sensors, one sensor not working correctly will send the wrong information to the cars computer causing fuel to be sent in the wrong amounts.
EXHAUST LEAKS – Rough road conditions can affect your exhaust also. The bumps and holes in our roads can shake the exhaust. This constant shaking can effect the exhausts joints and can cause it to crack which could also leak poisonous fumes.
CLOGGED MUFFLER – Another problem that arises from frequent rough road surfaces is a clogged muffler. Driving on bumpy roads can make the exhausts small internal parts can come loose and can travel down and clog the muffler.
BROKEN HANGERS – Hangers are the parts that protect the exhaust system from moving around if you hit a bump. However constant bumping around can lead to it breaking and coming off completely leaving the exhaust pipe free to move around. This freed up movement may lead to dents, cracks and in some cases, entire pieces of the exhaust system to break off.
VIBRATIONS – Sudden strange vibrations on your steering wheel is a sign that your exhaust system is faulty and in need of repair. In extreme circumstances it will make the whole car shake. If you experience these vibrations then you need to get your car checked out immediately.
INCREASED ENGINE NOISE – An increase in engine noise is a sign of an exhaust leak. The increase in the level of the engine noise volume normally means the exhaust leak is in the manifold. If the leak is in the manifold, not only will your engine’s volume increase, but toxic fumes will be given off and could enter the passenger side of the car. That is an exhaust repair that needs to be checked immediately also.
EXHAUST SMOKE – A car with exhaust smoke is not good however what colour the smoke is will determine what the cause of it is. If you get a bluey grey exhaust smoke this is normally due to oil burning in the combustion chamber. The cause of this burning oil can be down to a few things like valve seals, valve guides, piston rings, worn cylinder walls or the PCV system.
If you get black smoke this means your fuel is too rich. The cause of the fuel being too rich can be down to fuel injectors, fuel pressure regulator and the fuel return line.
Finally, if the smoke coming out of your exhaust system is white/grey, then this may be caused by coolant burning in the combustion chamber. Possible causes of this are that the cylinder head, engine block or head gasket being cracked or damaged. This can be an expensive repair so its critical to come and get your cars exhaust checked immediately.
You can prevent these exhaust repairs from happening by having your exhaust system inspected every one or 2 years. Even ask for it to be inspected with your car service.
Our exhaust checks, exhaust repairs and exhaust replacements service covers:
We do not use any sales pressure, just best advice and prices.
In some cases we will not be able to give full and accurate prices without seeing the vehicle first but we can quickly get you booked in on a day to suit and a time if appropriate.
We are about 4 minutes away from Bromsgrove train station.
Our address is: 17a Stoke Road, Bromsgrove B60 3EQ.
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