How to spot car exhaust problems

16th October 2013

Regular maintenance of a vehicle is a crucial part of being a motorists and drivers should regularly check their car for potential problems.

One area that often gets ignored is the car exhaust, but it is a vital part of the vehicle and performs a range of jobs, from noise reduction and directing fumes away from passengers, to improving fuel consumption and engine performance.

A number of problems that are common with exhaust systems are thankfully easy to spot and drivers will know there is something wrong.

Listening out for unusual noises while driving is important, as hissing can indicate a number of potential issues with the exhaust.

A common problem with exhausts is the corrosion of the silencer, which will result in the car making a roaring noise.

Rattling under the car may mean that the exhaust system has become misaligned and a loud metallic-sounding vibration could mean that something is touching the exhaust pipe or that a clamp or pipe has worked its way loose.

As well as listening out for potential issues with this area of a vehicle, it is important to carry out visual checks at regular intervals. This will allow drivers to spot an issue early and have the opportunity for an easy repair, rather than a more costly one further down the line.

Drivers should look for rusting, cracks in the pipes or any holes around the seams and joins. Some of these issues are easily resolved, while others may require the opinion of a trained technician.

When it comes to exhausts, it is better to be safe than sorry and motorists that spot any potential issues with their system should get them checked out by a trained professional, which will assure them that the vehicle is safe to drive.

If a problem is too large to solve quickly, the exhaust system could require replacing, either in just the affected areas or the entire system.

Posted by Danielle Barge