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What does an exhaust manifold do?

Exhaust manifolds are designed to collect exhaust gases from the engine cylinders and transport them into the exhaust pipes for expulsion. The exhaust manifold is attached to the engine cylinder heads and has ports that collect exhaust gases from each individual engine cylinder.

What are the symptoms of a bad exhaust manifold?

Below are the top three symptoms that could indicate you need to replace your exhaust manifold:

  • A noisy engine exhaust

  • Burning smell coming from the engine

  • Decreased power, acceleration, and fuel efficiency

What happens when we do an exhaust manifold replacement on your car?

Our certified mechanics will:

  • Inspect the exhaust manifold.

  • If the exhaust manifold is visibly damaged or cracked, it will be replaced.

  • If necessary, they may also replace the exhaust gasket and clean the exhaust ports. The manifold's mounting bolts may also need to be replaced.

  • Advise if other related components need to be replaced.

  • They will then check for any leaks around the manifold and test drive the car.

Daniel, from LondonDaniel, from London

Hey Fixter, what are the symptoms of a failing exhaust manifold?

Decreased power, acceleration, and fuel efficiency, a noisy engine exhaust and a burning smell coming from the engine are all signs of a bad exhaust manifold.

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Want to learn more about Skoda exhaust manifold replacement?

What does an exhaust manifold do?

The exhaust manifold is the first part of your vehicle’s exhaust system. It is bolted directly onto your car’s engine and collects your engine’s emissions. The exhaust manifold receives the air/fuel mixture from the multiple cylinders (either four, six or eight) in your vehicle’s engine and funnels them all into one pipe.

The exhaust manifold then completely burns any unused or incomplete burnt gases at a very high temperature. Finally once all the gases are in one place and completely burnt, the manifold sends the emissions into the rest of the exhaust system to eventually be expelled.

The exhaust manifold also performs another very important role. It houses an oxygen sensor which inspects the amount of oxygen entering the system. This data is then sent to the fuel injection system where the amount of oxygen used in the fuel/air mixture can increase or decrease.

Skoda

Skoda Auto is a Czech automobile manufacturer originally founded in 1895 as Laurin & Klement. In 1925 Laurin & Klement was acquired by the industrial conglomerate Skoda Works, which itself became state-owned in 1948.

In 2000 Skoda became a wholly owned subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group.

Skoda’s growing success has been down to strong support from its parent VW Group and its credibility as a mainstream supplier of great value sensible cars.

The number of Skoda cars on the road in the UK has grown consistently over the past 20 years to over 740k and rising.

Great value, solid, sensible motoring

With models so closely related to those of Volkswagen, Audi and Seat, it’s no surprise that the mechanics behind Skoda’s straightforward range of practical town and city cars has proven so reliable and increased in popularity over time.

They deliver models from city car to saloon, and as you’d expect in today’s market, there’s a couple of SUV models thrown in to complete the set.

Skoda supply an abundance of choice and trim for differing budgets

There are a plethora of trim levels available for every model—and that’s not forgetting Skoda’s entry into the electric car market too.

The Skoda Citigoe iV

Skoda’s 4-seater city car electric model is powered exclusively by a 36.8kWh lithium-ion battery allowing for a range of 265km. With zero emissions and compact dimensions, the Cititgoe iV is the ideal city car, taking into account its practical interior storage, nimble footprint and ecological performance.

How often should an exhaust manifold need replacing?

Due to the extreme temperature fluctuations inside the engine, the exhaust manifold is especially prone to wear, however it shouldn’t need to be replaced too often. We recommend having your entire exhaust system inspected every two to three years. If the manifold appears to be worn or damaged in any way, it should be replaced to ensure safe driving conditions.

Always look out for the above symptoms of a failing exhaust system, to ensure you get it fixed early and avoid any further, costly repairs.

What happens during an exhaust manifold replacement?

Our certified mechanics will:

  • Inspect the exhaust manifold.

  • If the exhaust manifold is visibly damaged or cracked, it will be replaced.

  • If necessary, they may also replace the exhaust gasket and clean the exhaust ports. The manifold's mounting bolts may also need to be replaced.

  • Advise if other related components need to be replaced.

  • They will then check for any leaks around the manifold and test drive the car.

What causes an exhaust manifold to break?

The exhaust manifold is exposed to extreme temperatures – it is constantly heating and cooling, which causes constant expansion and contraction. Despite being made of cast iron or stamped steel, over time manifolds can crack due to the stress from constant, extreme temperature changes.

When should an exhaust manifold be replaced?

Due to the extreme temperature fluctuations inside the engine, the exhaust manifold is especially prone to wear, however it shouldn’t need to be replaced too often. We recommend having your entire exhaust system inspected every two to three years. If the manifold appears to be worn or damaged in any way, it should be replaced to ensure safe driving conditions.

What are the symptoms of a bad exhaust manifold?

Usually, there a few signs you can look for:

  • A noisy engine exhaust

  • Burning smell coming from the engine

  • Decreased power, acceleration, and fuel efficiency

  • If the engine warning light comes on

  • When the engine makes more noise than usual

How often should you replace your exhaust manifold?

We recommend having your entire exhaust system inspected every two to three years. If the manifold appears to be worn or damaged in any way, it should be replaced to ensure safe driving conditions. Always look out for the above warning signs of a failing exhaust system, to ensure you get it fixed early and avoid any further, pricey repairs.

What happens during an exhaust manifold replacement?

Our certified mechanics will:

  • Inspect the exhaust manifold.

  • If the exhaust manifold is visibly damaged or cracked, it will be replaced.

  • If necessary, they may also replace the exhaust gasket and clean the exhaust ports. The manifold's mounting bolts may also need to be replaced.

  • Advise if other related components need to be replaced.

  • They will then check for any leaks around the manifold and test drive the car.

What is the average life of an exhaust manifold?

The lifespan of an exhaust manifold depends on the car, the driver and how often the car is used. In general, an exhaust manifold should last at least three years, but we recommend having your entire exhaust system inspected every two to three years. If the manifold appears to be worn or damaged in any way, it should be replaced to ensure safe driving conditions.

Can you drive with a broken exhaust manifold?

While you can technically drive with a broken exhaust manifold, it's neither safe nor legal and poses a number of issues when you're out on the road. Your exhaust plays a vital role in the healthy running of your car, therefore when the exhaust system experiences issues, it should be inspected as soon as possible.

Do exhaust manifolds deteriorate with age?

Yes exhaust manifolds are prone to wear and deterioration over time as they are constantly exposed to extreme temperatures. Despite being made of cast iron or stamped steel, over time manifolds can crack due to the stress from these constant, extreme temperature changes.

The law, vehicle regulations and your MOT

There are strict regulations regarding exhaust systems and car emissions. A car's exhaust system, including the manifold, cannot have any serious leaks, corrosion or cracks. An annual MOT tests both the exhaust system for leaks and deterioration and the emissions coming from the exhaust system.

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