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Exhaust Repair

The exhaust system in your vehicle helps monitor, filter and protect your engine. Ignore any complications having to do with your car’s exhaust system, has lead to many problems for our clients. In fact, ignoring issues when they arise will only turn minor and seemingly preventative maintenance glitches into something much bigger. Your once small problem will easily develop into an expensive and potentially hazardous one later on.

Exhaust System Warning Signs

You might not realize it, but your automobile will never go kaput for no reason at all. There is always an underlining factor that causes it to break down, malfunction or just stop working completely. When it comes to your exhaust system, the rules are no different. Luckily J & L Automotive Repairs & Service, Inc. knows the ins and outs when it comes to keeping vehicles on the road.

Just take a look at the following signs and make yourself a checklist! Notice that, even if your car is only experiencing or displaying one of the following symptoms, it is an indication that something is wrong with your vehicle. Anytime a car makes strange noises, or isn’t working at its full potential, an inspection is required. By bringing it into a mechanic, such as ours, you’ll be getting hands on, detailed information concerning your car. Don’t take a chance on the road, exhaust systems can be pretty finicky and if you’re in the wrong place at the wrong time, and it starts acting up, you could be in for a whole lot of unanticipated trouble. Let’s prevent those kinds of scenarios from happening on our roads! Check for these signs to indicate a problem with your vehicle’s exhaust system:

Louder noise than usual when you accelerate

If you have to turn up the radio to tune out your muffler, it’s time to visit an exhaust repair professional. Loud noises from the exhaust are possible signs of an engine leak and exposure to harmful fumes.

Poor fuel economy

Increased fuel consumption is always a sign that something is not right with your vehicle. Your engine must work harder when the exhaust malfunctions. When the engine works too hard have your exhaust system inspected before the problem gets worse.

Rattling noise

A persistent vibration coming from the steering wheel or gas pedal may be an indication of loose or broken muffler parts and should be promptly checked.

Burning smell

Fumes due to an exhaust leak can be hazardous. If you detect a problem, visit our auto repair center immediately and call us right away.

How Much Does an Exhaust Repair Cost?

The cost of exhaust repairs can vary greatly depending on the nature and extent of the issue. Minor repairs like welding a small leak or replacing an exhaust clamp tend to be on the lower end of the pricing spectrum. More extensive work, such as replacing the muffler, catalytic converter, or other major components, will cost more due to the increased parts and labor required.

In some cases, a full exhaust system replacement may be recommended, which is typically the most expensive option. However, the exact cost can be determined following a thorough inspection by one of our service technicians. We'll provide an upfront estimate so you understand the approximate repair costs before authorizing any services.

How Long Does It Take to Fix an Exhaust Leak?

Repairing an exhaust leak is usually a same-day service if no additional issues are uncovered. Simple welding repairs to seal a cracked pipe or muffler may only take 1-2 hours. If the muffler or other major components need replacement, it could take 3-4 hours of labor. The process is relatively simple in most cases. Our technicians will need to support the vehicle, disconnect the old parts, install the new components, realign hangers, and ensure there are no other leaks before road testing.

What Happens if Your Exhaust Pipe Falls Off

A completely detached exhaust pipe is an extremely hazardous situation that should be addressed immediately.

Here's what happens once the exhaust pipe becomes dislodged:

  • Hot exhaust gases will be expelled directly under the vehicle
  • Noxious fumes like carbon monoxide can enter the cabin
  • Engine performance will be severely impacted
  • Loud exhaust noise will be unbearable for passengers

Driving with a missing exhaust pipe is illegal and unsafe. If this happens to you, your vehicle should not be operated until proper temporary repairs can be made to reattach the pipe or have it towed for service.

When Is Replacing the Exhaust System Necessary Over Repairs?

While individual exhaust components can often be repaired or replaced as needed, there are instances where a full system replacement is recommended.

Here are the most common reasons:

  • The vehicle is very old, and multiple sections are compromised.
  • Extensive rust or corrosion has weakened the entire system.
  • The cost of piecemeal repairs exceeds the price of a new system.
  • You plan to keep the high-mileage vehicle for several more years.

Replacing the full exhaust from the manifold or headers back can be pricey upfront but provides confirmation that the system is safe and leak-free.

The Process to Fix a Hole in an Exhaust Pipe

A hole in your exhaust pipe requires professional repair for safety and longevity. The process is relatively straightforward when the correct tools are being used. Our certified technicians will weld and seal any holes or cracks in your vehicle's exhaust system components.

Whether you have an OEM or aftermarket exhaust, we'll inspect the pipe and conduct the repairs if the damage is salvageable. A replacement will be required if the hole is too large to be sealed.

Exhaust Repair Specialists

The exhaust system in your vehicle works hard to direct fumes away from the engine to keep it running properly. If you experience any of the above signs, contact the qualified exhaust repair experts at J & L Automotive Repairs & Service, Inc. for a thorough inspection. Our certified mechanics are equipped to handle any exhaust or muffler malfunction on any make or model of vehicle. Call us to schedule an appointment or with any questions you may have.

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