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What does an exhaust pipe do?

Exhaust pipes typically consist of several parts such as a downpipe, a central exhaust pipe and a rear exhaust pipe. Their job is to transport the exhaust gases from the manifold to the catalytic converter to eventually be cleaned and expelled from the vehicle.

What are the symptoms of a bad exhaust pipe?

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

  • Loud noises from the exhaust

  • Decreased fuel efficiency

  • Loss of power

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

Our certified mechanics will:

  • Inspect the exhaust pipes.

  • If the exhaust system or pipes are damaged (cracked, rusted through etc.), the mechanic will replace the necessary parts.

  • They will also replace the exhaust gasket(s), if necessary.

  • Advise if other parts need to be replaced.

  • Check for any exhaust leaks and test drive the car.

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Hey Fixter, when should an exhaust pipe be replaced?

Modern car exhaust pipes are typically made from either chrome or stainless steel, and are designed to last the lifetime of the car. However, as exhaust pipes run underneath the car they are directly exposed to the elements so can easily rust or become damaged.

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Want to learn more about Volvo exhaust pipe replacement?

What does an exhaust pipe do?

Your car’s exhaust system is designed to transport and release the exhaust gases from the engine’s cylinders into the air and typically consists of an exhaust manifold, downpipe, exhaust pipes, an exhaust silencer and a catalytic converter. Exhaust gases are filtered out of the engine cylinders, into the manifold and then into the exhaust pipes and are fed to the catalytic converter to be cleaned.

Exhaust pipes usually consist of several parts like a downpipe, a central exhaust pipe and a rear exhaust pipe. All these parts are connected with an assortment of exhaust gaskets. The entire exhaust system is essential in the efficient and smooth running of your vehicle.

Volvo

Volvo Cars is a Swedish luxury vehicle manufacturer, established in April 1927, over 90 years ago.

With around 645k cars on the roads in the UK today, Volvo is a considerable contributor to the UK motor industry.

With a steady rise in status from the boxy estate models popular in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, Volvo now produces a strong, executive range of luxury, performance vehicles.

Luxurious executive saloons, estate cars and SUVs

Sticking to the market they understand best, Volvo produces a small range of estate cars and a selection of bang-on-trend SUVs, complimented by 2 luxury saloon models. In other words, Volvo makes cars for ‘grown-up’ drivers where it knows its customers inside out.

Volvo: Exceptional aims for in-car safety

One of Volvo’s key visions is to provide a level of unrivalled safety inside their vehicles and has proven to be a dedicated leader in the field. Their current vision is that nobody should be seriously injured or killed in a new Volvo car by 2020.

Pursuing perfection through Volvo technology

The ethos behind Volvo reaches further than just selling units and making a profit. By putting their customers first, they have committed to creating vehicles where ownership gives quality time back to their drivers, are environmentally efficient and exceptionally safe.

Using modern technology and striving to develop the systems to lead the field, is something they take very seriously. After all, this is the company that brought drivers:

  • The 3-point safety seatbelt

  • The Lambda Sond emissions detector responsible for reducing harmful fumes by 90%

  • Side impact, whiplash, and roll-over protection

  • Blind spot systems

  • City safety scanning

  • Pedestrian detection

  • Auto-braking

How often should an exhaust pipe need replacing?

In modern cars with high-quality parts, the exhaust pipes should last the lifetime of the car. However, older cars or those with cheaper parts may need to have the exhaust system inspected and looked at every 5-10 years.

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 and pipe, 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.

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

Our certified mechanics will:

  • Inspect the exhaust pipes.

  • If the exhaust system or pipes are damaged (cracked, rusted through etc.), the mechanic will replace the necessary parts.

  • They will also replace the exhaust gasket(s), if necessary.

  • Advise if other parts need to be replaced.

  • Check for any exhaust leaks and test drive the car.

What causes an exhaust pipe to break?

Exhaust pipes run underneath the car, therefore they are constantly exposed to the elements so are more prone to wear. In damp conditions older exhausts can rust or become corroded and sometimes pipes can be damaged when driving, for example when driving too quickly over speed bumps.

When should an exhaust pipe be replaced?

Modern exhaust systems are designed to last the lifetime of a vehicle. The exhaust pipes are typically made from either chrome or stainless steel so can withstand wear, rust and corrosion. On older cars or those with cheaper parts the exhaust pipes will last between 5-10 years. This being said, because exhaust pipes run underneath the car they are directly exposed to the elements so can easily rust or become damaged.

What are the symptoms of a bad exhaust pipe?

Usually, there a few signs you can look for:

  • Loud noises from the exhaust

  • Decreased fuel efficiency

  • Loss of power

  • Rusted or loose exhaust pipes

  • Burning smell from the engine bay

  • Gas smell inside the car

How often should you replace your exhaust pipe?

In modern cars with high-quality parts, the exhaust pipes should last the lifetime of the car. However, older cars or those with cheaper parts may need to have the exhaust system inspected and looked at every 5-10 years.

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

Our certified mechanics wil

  • Inspect the exhaust pipes.

  • If the exhaust system or pipes are damaged (cracked, rusted through etc.), the mechanic will replace the necessary parts.

  • They will also replace the exhaust gasket(s), if necessary.

  • Advise if other parts need to be replaced.

  • Check for any exhaust leaks and test drive the car.

Can you drive with a broken exhaust pipe?

We do not recommend driving when any part of your exhaust is broken. While you can still technically drive, it's neither safe nor legal and poses a number of issues when you're out on the road. Whether your exhaust pipes are cracked, rusted, hanging off or have fallen off completely, it's an important part of your vehicle which needs your immediate attention.

Not only could your car be emitting harmful gases as you drive, it could also be running at a decreased fuel efficiency, which may be costing you more money.

What happens if you don't change a broken exhaust pipe?

If you put off an exhaust pipe replacement, your car could be emitting harmful emissions as you drive which could breach the legal limit. Issues with your exhaust could also affect the performance of your car, such as decreased fuel efficiency and poor performance and acceleration.

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