Parts of an exhaust system

If you own an older car then you may have to replace part or all of the exhaust at some point. The exhaust system is vital to the car running as it should and getting rid of the harmful gases that are produced by the engine. The exhaust is usually in three sections, back box, centre and front. Often it will only be one part that will need to be replaced and the most common part is the back box. If your car starts to sound particularly loud then it may be that you have a hole in the exhaust system. You may be able to repair the exhaust using exhaust tape or bandage but this should only be a temporary fix and you should look at getting the part replaced...
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To repair or replace an exhaust system

If you suddenly find that your car sounds particularly loud when you accelerate and the noise is coming from the exhaust then you most probably have a hole. This can not only be embarrassing and could actually get you in to trouble with the police if it is too loud, it can mean that your car fails an MOT and is therefore not roadworthy. So what options do you have? Depending on where about the hole is in the exhaust and how big it is, you could try repairing it. Some garages offer this as a service where they will weld a patch on or you can actually buy exhaust bandage that you can apply yourself to cover up he hole. Both of these methods are somewhat temporary although the...
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Modifying your car? Check what’s legal

When deciding to modify your car its best to check the legal guidelines before you have any work done, the government have produced a downloadable document online that sets out the dos and don’ts quite clearly with images and descriptions to avoid any doubt. If the police see that you have an illegal modification to your car they have the power to seize the vehicle, particularly if the modifications make the car unsafe. One of the popular modifications that people make to their car is altering or fitting a new exhaust. A popular modification on this area, particularly by boy-racers is removing the silencer, this however IS illegal. The reason that it’s illegal is partly that removing the silencer can cause noise pollution which can become a nuisance to neighbours,...
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Choosing a Stylish Exhaust

Pretty much ever single aspect of a car can be customised and the exhaust is no exception. Depending on the look you want to go for, a sparkly new exhaust can give your car a nice touch, while many modified car enthusiast replace their exhausts with ‘performance exhausts’. These do tend to be a bit shinier but of course that’s not the reason they’ve become so popular. They’re noisy, masculine and quite huge in size. If you have a standard exhaust and you’re looking to go for a bit of an upgrade then you should know that there are plenty of options out there, whether you have a hatchback, a saloon car or an SUV. A new exhaust can transform the look and feel of your car, and it can...
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What’s inside a Catalytic Converter

The catalytic converter is an important part of a car’s exhaust and it basically ensures that harmful gases are not released out of a vehicle, and legal requirements are in place to reduce the amount of harmful emissions from exhaust so it really is a vital component of a vehicle. Inside a catalytic converter you can find a honeycomb monolith which is coated with platinum, palladium and rhodium metals. A mat provides a proper level of insulation and it’s placed over the monolith. This basically means that the harmful gases that pass through the catalytic converter are transformed into water, carbon dioxide and nitrogen, which is a great deal less harmful than carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxide. Your catalytic converter is a lot more important than you may think, and...
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