Your vehicle's exhaust system
The exhaust system has a number of purposes, it is effectively a series of pipes and boxes specially designed to channel emissions away from the front of the vehicle,
reduce engine noise and maintain optimum fuel efficiency.
It needs to be in good condition and working well for you to get the best fuel economy possible and reduce the CO2 emissions produced by your car.
Exhaust systems are prone to damage such as cracks, leaking joints, broken hangers, worn rubber mountings, corrosion, failed gaskets and high levels of pollutant gasses.
These can occur for a number of different reasons from external knocks and bumps or from wear and tear caused by the age of the vehicle.
Sixers Group recommend that you regularly check your exhaust for visual damage, however as the exhaust travels across the entire length of the underside of your car
it can be difficult to know for certain about problems without your car being placed on a hydraulic lift.
By booking your car in to Sixers Group, we can inspect the condition of your vehicle's exhaust and advise and quote if there is an issue.
Simply make your booking now with one of our garages Carisbrooke Garage Newport (01983) 532200 or York Avenue Garage East Cowes (01983) 290028
What does an exhaust actually do?
Exhaust systems are fitted to provide an escape route for the gasses that are created by the internal combustion process.
All exhausts produce six gases as emissions three of which are toxic (carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxide and nitrogen monoxide).
Exhausts also have the task of reducing a cars environmental impact with the widespread introduction of catalytic converters in the early 90s.
There is a legal limit on the level of CO2 emissions that your car can emit, which is tested during its annual MOT test.
What is a Catalytic Converter or DPF?
Before gases are expelled from your vehicle, they may pass through a catalytic converter, which converts many harmful gases into less-polluting or harmful compounds.
The catalyst uses precious metals like platinum, rhodium and palladium set inside a housing to transform the harmful gases.
Some Diesel vehicles are fitted with a DPF Diesel Pollution Filter which catches the harmful particles the engine omits.
If your vehicle does not get up to temperature it is not preforming as it should, this will cause the filter can become blocked and may need cleaning or replacement.
For more information about exhausts and catalytic converters, call Sixers Group on (01983) 532200