MUFFLERS AND EXHAUST SYSTEM
Muffler and Exhaust Maintenance and Repair in Oregon
The exhaust system experts at Keith Schulz Garage & Diagnostic Center can ensure your vehicle is driving safely and efficiently. Whether you need a replacement muffler or some repairs to your exhaust system, we’re here to help.
When to Have Your Muffler Repaired or Replaced
Under Oregon law, vehicles must have a working exhaust system, which includes a muffler. While there’s still room to customize your muffler to get the sound and performance you want from your vehicle, a faulty muffler must be repaired or replaced to meet emission standards.
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Signs Your Muffler Is Bad
Usually, there’s no doubt that a muffler is going bad because it offers obvious signs:
Common Muffler Repairs
You can buy time with an existing, damaged muffler by executing some repairs instead of replacing it. An expert mechanic with metal fabrication experience can create and install a patch to fix holes in a muffler. Additionally, a skilled fabricator can manipulate any pipes or weld when necessary to make muffler repairs.
Sometimes, though, a replacement is necessary to save time and money in the long run. Ask the team at Schulz if you need a muffler replacement when you notice any signs of a failing muffler on your vehicle.
Signs There Are Problems with Your Exhaust System
The muffler is just one component of your vehicle’s exhaust system. While a failing muffler is one of them, there are other indicators you have a problem:
- Issues accelerating
- Burning smells
- Smell of fuel inside the passenger cabin
- Clanging sounds from the undercarriage
- Rust on the undercarriage
- Smoke coming from the tailpipe
- Excessive vibration while driving
Exhaust leaks or a faulty oxygen sensor can be the culprits, which is something our diagnostic team can investigate when you bring in your vehicle.
Preventing Exhaust Issues
Routine inspections of your vehicle can catch problems before they become more serious and costly, so have your exhaust system evaluated annually. Here are some other things you can do routinely to prevent issues with your vehicle’s exhaust system:
- Schedule regular oil changes
- Change the oil filter
- Change the fuel filter
- Change the air filter
- Change the positive crankcase ventilation (PCV) valve
You can also ward off unwanted rust by getting your car washed regularly, including the undercarriage. Chrome plating can also protect all the metal under your vehicle and keep exhaust pieces in good condition for longer.
CALL FOR MUFFLER AND EXHAUST REPAIR TODAY!
If you notice any problems with your vehicle’s performance or exhaust system, bring it in to Keith Schulz Garage Diagnostic Center today. Proper diagnostics and swift repairs of the exhaust system are crucial for safe driving.