Shadetree Automotive Exhaust Service in Layton, UT
The exhaust systems on vehicles these days are built much better than they used to be. Most exhaust components are made of stainless steel which eliminates the majority of rust and corrosion. Older vehicles used to need exhaust system replacements quite often due to the system literally rusting away. We don’t really see that anymore and you will notice that most of the exhaust and muffler shops have either closed up or moved over to general automotive repair shops.
There are two very common exhaust service and repairs we repair now:
- The most common exhaust service and repairs we see are exhaust leaks. These leaks are commonly found at the exhaust manifold. Exhaust manifolds bolt to your vehicle’s cylinder head and transfer exhaust fumes into the exhaust pipes that exit your vehicle. Exhaust manifolds are consistently getting very hot while your engine is running. Then they cool off as the vehicle sits. This causes the components to expand and contract. Eventually the gasket that seals the exhaust manifold to the cylinder head fails. It is also common for the bolts or studs that secure the exhaust manifold to fail. Most days you will find one of our exhaust mechanics replacing a worn exhaust manifold. You will also find them extracting and replacing failed exhaust bolts.
- The second most common exhaust service and repair we perform are the emissions components. It is common for a vehicle to come into the shop with a check engine light to points at a couple components of the exhaust system. Vehicles utilize a part called a catalytic converter to clean up exhaust gasses before they exit the vehicle. The catalytic converter is built utilizing precious metals that create a reaction when the exhaust fumes pass through it. This reaction lowers the harmful emissions that vehicles put out in our atmosphere. Vehicles also utilize components called oxygen sensors that are part of the exhaust system. Thes sensors measure the oxygen levels in the exhaust and relays the data to your vehicle’s computer. The computer then utilizes the data to adjust fuel trims and many other performance settings. If these sensors fail, it will affect performance and emissions. It will also illuminate a check engine light.