Exhaust System Service & Repair
Your vehicle’s exhaust system has two primary functions: to minimize the sound your engine creates while running and to cut down on the amount of pollution your vehicle emits. Both of these functions of your exhaust system are designed not only for your safety but for the safety of our environment.
Simply put, you can think of your car’s exhaust system as a pipe that drains your engine of the harmful gases it creates during internal combustion, minimizing carbon emissions into the atmosphere while “muffling” the harsh sounds of engine operation.
If your exhaust system is backed up, it can be bad for you, your vehicle, and the environment all at once. Fortunately, Kennedy Transmission is here to help you with advanced exhaust repair and service in Minnesota. But, in order to recognize when your exhaust system is malfunctioning, it’s important to understand the common signs and symptoms of a damaged exhaust—as well as the structure of your exhaust system.
How Your Exhaust System Works
There are several components that make up your exhaust system, all of which should be inspected on a regular basis and repaired as soon as you notice any problems. Here’s a basic breakdown of the major parts of your exhaust system and how they all work:
- Exhaust manifolds: These are connected to the cylinder head and take in air.
- Catalytic converter: Your vehicle’s catalytic converter changes harmful carbon monoxide gases to water vapor and carbon dioxide, which reduces your vehicle’s impact on the environment. Most states have laws that require a catalytic converter in vehicles.
- Oxygen sensors: This measures the ratio of oxygen to exhaust, then sends that information to your vehicle’s onboard computer so you can get maximum fuel economy.
- Mufflers: When you start your car or truck, your engine turns into what is functionally a controlled explosion, which can get loud. The muffler dissipates that energy, which cuts down on the noise.
- Exhaust pipe: This is the last component your engine’s exhaust travels through before it is expelled into the air.
Warning Signs You Need Professional Exhaust System Repair
Your exhaust system should be inspected regularly and repaired immediately if you notice any problems. Various factors contribute to the wear and tear of your vehicle’s exhaust, including your driving habits, road conditions (bumps, salt, and road spray), your vehicle type, and the age of the exhaust system parts.
Here’s a look at some warning signs that could indicate issues with your exhaust system:
- Loud rattling noises during startup, acceleration, and braking
- Vibrations from the steering wheel and gas pedal
- Increased engine noise
- Lower fuel efficiency
If you notice any of these warning signs, it’s time to find a Kennedy Transmission shop near you for exhaust system repair.
Common Exhaust System Repairs
At Kennedy Transmission, our certified technicians are no strangers to a wide range of exhaust system repairs. Common services we handle include:
- Custom Exhaust
- Dual Exhaust
- Heat Shield
- Muffler Pipes
- Muffler Silencers
- Muffler Tips
- High-Performance Exhaust
- Racing Exhaust Mufflers
- Stainless Steel Exhaust
- Truck Exhaust System
Get Your Exhaust System Repaired at Kennedy Transmission
Our team at Kennedy Transmission can ensure your vehicle’s exhaust system is running smoothly and safely. Our mechanics are highly trained when it comes to diagnosing and repairing exhaust systems, regardless if your vehicle is foreign or domestic. Check out our shop locator today to find a Kennedy Transmission near you for exhaust repair!