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The exhaust system is one of the hardest worked systems of your vehicle. It routes harmful fumes away from the engine and passenger cabin all while increasing vehicle performance and reducing engine noise. Exhaust leaks can cause your engine to work harder than necessary, reducing fuel efficiency and putting you and your customers at risk for inhalation of hazardous fumes.

Five Signs You Have Exhaust System Issues:

There are a few tell-tale signs that indicate that your vehicle may have exhaust issues. The most common include acceleration noises, illuminated check engine light, power loss or strange vibrations, exhaust smell, and a decrease in fuel efficiency.

1. Acceleration Noises 

Your vehicle will rev when it accelerates but it shouldn’t make loud or rattling noises. If it does, you probably have a leak in the muffler. The leak might also be in an exhaust pipe.

2. Illuminated Engine Light

Another sign of exhaust system trouble is your check engine light. This light will come on if your catalytic converter, mass airflow sensor, or oxygen sensor is failing. It will also come on if the air/fuel mixture in the engine and exhaust isn’t just right.

3. Power Loss Or Strange Vibration

You’re driving along and all of a sudden your car, truck, or SUV loses power. You’re driving along and your vehicle is vibrating. Both of these signs could mean exhaust trouble. Your exhaust system actually helps power your automobile and if it is leaking, the engine loses precious vacuum and, as such, loses power.

4. Exhaust Smell

You know what exhaust fumes smell like and you shouldn’t smell them coming from your car when you drive. You might also smell bad eggs or sulfur, and this is a sign your catalytic converter is dying. If you notice exhaust smells inside your vehicle, you have a leak somewhere and it’s crucial you get that leak fixed. Included in unfiltered exhaust is carbon monoxide and know what that can do to you.

5. Decrease In Fuel Efficiency

Finally, a decrease in your vehicle’s gas mileage can be caused by many things and the exhaust system is one of them. If the exhaust system is not operating efficiently, it will force your engine to work harder. When your engine struggles, it burns more gas to operate. If you have a good idea of how often you need to fill your tank and find this increasing, have your vehicle inspected for exhaust system trouble.


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The possibility of toxic exhaust carbon monoxide fumes leaking into your car’s ventilation system represents the largest reason for not driving with a broken or damaged exhaust system.  Carbon monoxide can cause dizziness, nausea, and headaches. Unconsciousness and death can occur if you are exposed to this gas for a long period of time.

At Level Auto Service, we have the equipment to cut, bend and weld new sections of the exhaust system. All replacement exhaust piping is stainless steel. This prevents rust and corrosion deterioration. We

There are many things that could cause you to fail a car safety inspection. Some of the most common examples are worn out brakes, exhaust leaks, bad suspension and steering, tires with no grip, and leaks.

The certificate is valid for 36 days after the inspection is complete. If you fail to register the vehicle within this time period you will need to re do the inspection before you can register your vehicle.

Yes. You do not need a safety standards certificate if you are transferring vehicle ownership to your spouse.

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