The exhaust is a system of pipes that are responsible for safely releasing gases emitted by the engine. The exhaust system begins at the cylinders where the combustion takes place and extends all the way to the rear of the vehicle where the gases are released.
A muffler is a component of the exhaust system. It’s responsible for “muffling” or reducing the noise produced by the combustion process in the engine. The key role of a muffler is to absorb the noise that is generated by the engine and then transferred down the exhaust system.
Generally, mufflers don’t need to be replaced or changed for a long time. Most can last 5-7 years or longer. However, certain factors can lead to premature muffler failure, such as:
• Being exposed to salt on snowy or icy roads
• Frequently hit due to speed bumps, pot holes with low clearance or other high impact obstacles
• Excessive use of custom fabrication that is not recommended by the manufacturer.
In order to reduce the sound from the engine, a muffler goes through a lot of heat and pressure. As a result, the metal can start to rust, crack, or develop holes. Signs of a bad or failing muffler are:
• The engine starts misfiring: Modern day engines perform best when the entire exhaust system is fault free. Any issues with the muffler can cause the engine to run rough.
• The fuel economy of the vehicle starts dropping significantly.
• The car sounds louder: Since a muffler’s main purpose is to reduce the sound, any issues with it can cause the car to sound a lot louder. However, the sudden increase in
loudness can also be due to exhaust leaks.
• The vehicle starts smelling bad: A muffler helps funnel gases from the engine. If there is a leak or hole in the muffler, fumes can enter the car. This is extremely dangerous
as this exhaust fumes and gases can be fatal. If you smell foul or acrid odors in your vehicle, get an inspection right away.
Usually, most brake pads need to be replaced after 60,000 – 80,000 kilometers. Some brake pads can last more than 100,000 kms, whereas some can break down before 50,000 kms. This depends on various factors such as brand and quality of the brakes, materials used in the brakes, and usage.
We recommend getting your car brakes checked every 12 months, as your safety depends on it. However, it is essential that you get your car brakes examined by a professional mechanic if you hear squeaking or squealing noises every time you apply the brakes. Some other tell-tale signs of brake issues include soft pedal, pedal vibration, and pulling. Contact our team if you experience any danger signs or difficulty braking.
In most cases, the car brakes tend to make the grinding noise due to contact of the rotor disc with part of the caliper. This usually happens when the brake pads or rotors are extremely worn out. Another reason for the grinding noise can be a foreign object (stones, rocks, etc.) getting stuck somewhere in the calipers.
Brakes can also squeal when rotors rust or there’s high metal content in the brake pads (which is usually a concern in cheaper quality brake pads).
We recommend getting a brake inspection as soon as you notice squeaking or grinding noises.
The cost of fixing or replacing suspension varies with the type of vehicle and performance needs. Some factors that affect price include:
• Make, model and year of the car: In general, suspension repairs for big sedans, performance SUVs and luxury cars costs more than for smaller vehicles.
• Extent of damages and the parts that need to be replaced. Most suspension parts need to be replaced in pairs to keep the vehicle balanced.
• Brand of the suspension parts being used
Generally, a damaged suspension results in:
• A rough, bumpy or bouncy ride.
• Drifting on the road
• Uneven tire treads or bald spots on tires
• Vehicle “nose diving” or dipping sharply when the brakes are applied.
• If the shocks on the suspension look greasy or really oily, there’s a high possibility that there’s a leak in the suspension.
If you observe any of the above mentioned signals in your car, contact us to get your suspension inspected. It’s advisable to get the suspension fixed as soon as you notice the signs, as delayed repairs can be costly.