Exhaust & Muffler Repair Service
Not only does your muffler reduce the rumbling noises piping out of your sedan, crossover, SUV, pickup or minivan, your hardworking exhaust system should also deliver the best possible fuel efficiency and optimal performance from your powerful engine.
In general, the role of an automotive exhaust system is to expel toxic gases from high-temperature combustion so you and your engine stay healthy. From the exhaust pipe to the tailpipe, a car exhaust is designed to reduce harmful emissions from entering the atmosphere or even the interior of the cabin. Know that carbon monoxide leaks can cause sever health effects that will impair your ability to drive or even worse.
If you need automotive exhaust repair, schedule an appointment at one of the 17,000+ NAPA Auto Care centers nationwide. Our ASE-certified technicians perform industry-leading exhaust system repair by installing superior NAPA parts and components.
A quality muffler should last 40,000 to 80,000 miles, but it may fail sooner due to harsh elements like freezing rain, corrosive road salt and large potholes. A failing muffler will get louder as the interior chambers and sound-deadening materials deteriorate. Don’t search for “the nearest muffler repair shop.” Go see the experts at your local NAPA Auto Care center.
Signs of a Bad Exhaust System
Has the acceleration from your vehicle become sluggish? Did your car backfire this morning? Whether it is a vibrating gas pedal or funny noises coming from under your vehicle, without the proper attention and expert fix, an exhaust problem can become a far more costly engine overhaul.
Symptoms of an exhaust leak or exhaust system failure:
- Check engine light illuminated
- Burning smell or foul odor lingering in your cabin
- Thick black, gray, white or blue smoke coming from the exhaust
- Large amount of moisture dripping from the tailpipe
- Clunking from a dangling muffler or scraping from a dragging tailpipe
Loud exhaust sounds or hissing, popping, tapping or ticking noises (that get louder when you accelerate) indicate you need an exhaust system check. The solution is possibly as simple as an exhaust leak diagnosis, pipe repair or manifold gasket replacement.
What to Expect From an Exhaust Service
Do you know the difference between a catalytic converter and muffler? Can you tell your exhaust pipe from your tailpipe? Each of these exhaust system parts are connected through welds and flanges, and these connections can start to loosen or corrode as time passes. You can help mitigate corrosion by frequently having your vehicle’s undercarriage washed and choosing a replacement muffler made of corrosion-resistant steel.
Exhaust valves and pistons force fumes out of the combustion chamber. The exhaust manifold then removes combustion gases from the cylinders of the engine. That means a blockage or leak in the exhaust manifold could cause entire system failure, which would require an exhaust manifold repair. A thorough inspection by an exhaust repair shop can lead to exhaust flex pipe repair, exhaust flange repair, exhaust manifold repair or more.
Don’t go searching for “car exhaust service near me.” Drive directly to your local NAPA Auto Care center, which also offers emission system testing and diagnosis plus emission control system inspection. Keep in mind, NAPA Auto Care also offers performance exhaust system installation, which can unlock hidden horsepower and gain improved performance from your vehicle. Additionally, check out the free nationwide NAPA Auto Care 24-Month/24,000-Mile Peace of Mind Warranty, which covers parts and labor on qualifying repairs and services across The NAPA Network.