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Car Exhaust Repair & Replacement Service at ATS Euromaster

Your car's exhaust pipe serves a number of purposes, but it needs to be in good condition and working well for you to get the best fuel economy possible and reduce the CO2 emissions produced by your car.

When you bring your car to ATS Euromaster we can advise on and then carry out any repair or replacement needed to keep your car running at its peak. 

We carry out a free visual exhaust check as part of our vehicle health check, which checks the exhaust, catalytic converter, and mountings for physical damage, leaking joints, and corrosion. 

Free exhaust checks in-centre 

Exhaust checks are part of our free vehicle health check, so if you're in any doubt about your exhaust system's condition, visit us in-centre and our technicians will be happy to offer their professional, unbiased opinion.

All our exhausts, pipes and catalytic converters come with a manufacturer's guarantee of 2 years or 20,000 miles.

You can also book a free visual exhaust check onlineOnce your free exhaust check is complete, we’ll provide a quote for any repair work required. This will include the cost of any replacement parts as well as labour.

How do I know if my exhaust needs replacing?

Exhaust systems are prone to damage from plenty of different sources, whether they come from external knocks and bumps or from corrosion caused by the age of the vehicle. For that reason, it’s recommended to check your exhaust pipe for physical damage at least once every 10,000 miles, or once a year- whichever comes around first.

Your car’s exhaust system may show some tell-tale signs of failure that indicate repair work or a replacement that you may notice, including:

  • Excessive smoke coming from the exhaust
  • Louder engine noise while driving
  • A knocking or rattling sound indicating something may have come loose
  • Visible holes
  • A low-hanging or dragging pipe

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How much does it cost to fix exhaust?

The sections of your exhaust system that are broken will directly impact the cost of repair, as such costs can vary substantially. For example a simple repair such as fixing a small crack could cost you £50, however if your entire catalytic converter needs replacing this will cost you a lot more.

You may be tempted to temporarily fix whatever problem your exhaust has. One example could be using Exhaust paste. This is something we would advise against doing as it could cause much more damage and leave you with a bigger bill to pay in the future.

If you suspect part your exhaust system is broken getting it to a centre near you for a free, no obligation full inspection will be the best course of action.

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Is it safe to drive with broken exhaust?

If you suspect your exhaust is broken it will be best to get it inspected as soon as possible. Depending on where and how your exhaust is broken will impact whether or not it is safe to drive.

If you intend to drive your vehicle make sure you inspect the exhaust system as best as you can to ensure it is secure and no pieces are likely to fall off. Its best you aim to drive as short a distance as possible.

If it looks as those your exhaust is about to fall off you are at risk of committing a traffic offence. In this case you need to consider getting your car towed to the nearest garage.

If you decide to drive your vehicle and begin to feel dizzy or fatigued stop the vehicle immediately as this could be a result of engine fumes leaking into the cabin and result in carbon monoxide or carbon dioxide poisoning.

How long does it take to fit a new exhaust?

Just like costs, the time will depend on the extent of the damage and repair needed. Our technicians will aim to have you back on the road as quickly as possible.

The most common exhaust repair we carry out is replacing the rear box, this typically takes around 30 minutes to 1 hour to install. However, other exhaust components can take a lot longer to replace.

 

Again, it will be best to book your vehicle in for a free check so you can fully understand the problem, time and cost it will be to have you back on the road again.

The effects of exhaust damage 

Damage to exhaust systems can not only make running a car more uncomfortable from additional noise, smoke or worse fuel consumption, but it may make your car’s noise levels and CO2 emissions higher than the legal requirements. This could potentially be cause for an MOT test failure, as the car will not be deemed legal for road use.

Sometimes you will be able to spot visual damage to the exhaust, giving you a clear idea of any work required, however as the exhaust pipe travels across the entire length of the underside of your car, it can be difficult to know for certain without your car being placed on a hydraulic lift, as found in our centres nationwide.

Physical external damage to the exhaust is the single most common reason that an exhaust needs repair or replacement, although for older cars rust can also be a cause for concern. Knocks and bumps can damage the exhaust, sometimes these come from a speed bump or from backing on to a high curb.