Your vehicle’s exhaust system, muffler and catalytic converter do more than just keep your vehicle running quiet. They take exhaust fumes away from the passenger cabin, help your engine run smoothly, remove harmful emissions, and keep your car running at maximum fuel efficiency. Southside Tire & Auto provides complete exhaust system repair, muffler replacement and catalytic converter replacement for cars, light trucks, SUVs, crossovers and vans in Grand Rapids MN.
Here are the common symptoms of a vehicle needing a new muffler, catalytic converter or exhaust system repair:
The Check Engine Light or Service Engine Soon Light Is On – If the light comes on and stays on, this is often an indicator of an exhaust system problem and should be checked out as soon as possible. If the light flashes rather than being steadily lit, it is important to have the vehicle checked immediately as neglecting these warning signs can cause expensive damage to the converter, requiring replacement.
Your Vehicle Sounds Louder Than Usual – One of the most obvious indicators is that your car runs louder than usual. This usually indicates there is a hole or leak in the system. The sound of exhaust coming from unusual places on your car, a “ticking” noise when accelerating, and a “rotten-eggs” smell from the exhaust are also indicators of an exhaust system problem.
You’re Using More Fuel – If you notice your gas mileage dropping, it’s a sure sign that something is wrong with your car. A common problem is that your exhaust has a leak and requires your engine to work harder – requiring more fuel. This often accompanied by a rough-running engine.
Loss of Power – Catalytic Converters regularly fail when they get clogged and the exhaust gases can’t get through it to leave your vehicle. When air can’t leave your vehicle, there’s no airflow so the engine dies. The federal government has set a minimum standard for catalytic converters of 100,000 miles. If you have an older vehicle that has lost it’s power, has poor acceleration, experiences bucking or hesitation, or trouble starting, it may be a clogged catalytic converter.
Vibrations – When your vehicle has a low rumble coming from the engine, it is usually accompanied by a vibration that you feel in the pedals. This is a sure indication that your exhaust system needs repair.
Southside Tire & Auto offers the following exhaust system repair services:
- Complete Exhaust System Inspections
- Muffler Repair and Replacement
- Catalytic Converter Replacement
- Exhaust Manifold Repair and Replacement
- Oxygen (O2) Sensor Replacement
- Center Exhaust Section Replacement
- Downpipe Replacement
- System Welding
- Exhaust System Hole Patch
- Exhaust System Replacement
The expert technicians at Southside Tire & Auto have years of experience with exhaust system repair. We have state-of-the-art tools and the expertise to diagnose and fix exhaust systems on all makes and models of cars, light trucks, SUVs, crossovers, and vans. Give us a call today at 218-326-0263.