Don’t Let Your Car Exhaust, Exhaust Your Patience


Exhausts needs to be in excellent condition to function as you’d hope.

When an exhaust isn’t operating happily, you’ll be informed via audible and visible clues, from clanking to whistling, rust to smoke emissions.

You may think that an exhaust issue can be left for a while so that you can offset the cost of repairs or a replacement against the next payday or until it cannot be ignored one moment longer. Avoidance of professional services might initially sound prudent, but it is a reckless course of action.


Speaking to an exhaust fitting centre specialist at the earliest opportunity could save lives. The exhaust plays a vital role in removing harmful fumes from areas within the car so that passengers and the driver are not placed at risk. The legislative requirements for the exhaust’s impact on the environment are met by the exhaust components. When exhausts fail, the danger to pedestrians and fellow road users, as much as to animals and plant life, escalates. Noise levels, another environmental concern, are managed via the exhaust too so it isn’t wise to let the matter fester.

Your exhaust can adversely affect many more people than you realise as you negotiate the highways so immediate action and advice from a specialist like Thatcham Tyres and Exhausts should be sought.

You can cost yourself money by ignoring an exhaust problem because its other primary functions are to manage fuel consumption and engine efficiency.

What are the components of an exhaust?

  • Most people are familiar with the tailpipe. Even non-drivers will probably have been aware of a faulty one as it passes them in the street.
  • The silencer box or boxes are attached to the catalytic converter and the tailpipe. This section ensures that the law is adhered to.
  • The exhaust manifold removes the exhaust fumes from the engine.

Exhausts can suffer from the following issues:

  • Rattling suggests that the exhaust is out of alignment.
  • Rattling can also be caused by a crack, blockage or loose brackets.
  • Roaring normally results when there is an issue with the silencer, exhaust manifold, gasket or the tailpipe.
  • Hissing can be a sign of leakage in the pipework or the muffler.
  • Silencers rust and corrode in acidic moisture.
  • A blown tailpipe may lead to police interest.
  • White smoke when the engine starts is normal but if this smoke continues the probable cause is a coolant leak or burning antifreeze.
  • Other white smoke risks include leaking gaskets and engine cracks. These emissions are dangerous.  
  • Blue smoke often indicates that burnt oil is getting in to the exhaust network.

Please, never ignore smoke or any other sign that’s out of the ordinary

Searches for an “exhaust centre near me” take seconds, issue resolution can take minutes. Procrastination benefits no one. Local independent exhaust fitting centre teams often have a greater willingness to discuss exhausts in depth with customers. At Thatcham Tyres and Exhausts, for example, you’ll never feel like just another punter in a long line of exhaust problems.  

You, and your exhaust are valuable and valued.

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