Exhaust & Mufflers2018-09-21T20:50:08+00:00



Keeping Your Car Exhaust Pipe Maintained

The exhaust pipe plays a key role in diverting exhaust fumes out of your engine, which in turn keeps your vehicle running smoothly. Built-up exhaust fumes can ultimately cause engine deterioration, which makes it important to have your exhaust pipe regularly inspected at a professional muffler shop.

If You Hear a Vibration

If you hear vibrating when your car is running or if it experiences a loss of power, bring it in for a free exhaust inspection. Let the shop know where you noticed the vibration coming from: the steering wheel, operating pedals, or even the seat. This symptom could be a result of a hole, disconnected part, or a leak in the exhaust system. The problem may or may not include a rumbling sound – that depends on the size of the damaged area. The vibrations are not just signaling a problem with the muffler or exhaust… they are also signals that your motor is likely not performing at peak levels.

A Failing or Failed Catalytic Converter

The catalytic converter is the most costly part of your exhaust system. If your catalytic converter begins to fail, you will hear loud sounds. A failing catalytic converter sounds like someone shaking a metal box filled with pennies while your car is in idle. You may also notice a pungent rotten egg odor or notice your check engine light is illuminated.

Increase in Exhaust Volume

A deep rumbling noise coming out of your exhaust pipe is an obvious signal that you have a muffler or exhaust issue. Having it repaired quickly is the best option. Delaying needed muffler or exhaust repairs causes other exhaust and engine problems that make repairs more expensive.

Decrease in Fuel Efficiency

If you notice your regular fill-ups aren’t getting you as far as they used to, take your car to Meineke of Richmond KY for an inspection. As with vibrations, loss of fuel efficiency might be a sign of a car exhaust system problem. Exhaust leaks makes your motor work harder, which requires more gas.

The Lifespan of an Exhaust System

The lifespan of an exhaust system can vary. Most of today’s vehicles are made with high-quality steel exhausts, which will typically hold up for about five years, but there are many other conditions that factor in. Some signs that it’s time for a new exhaust system include: A noticeable increase in engine noise; visible rust; and a reduction in fuel efficiency.



Custom Retrofitted Exhausts System

Custom exhaust typically involves removing a stock or Original Engineered & Manufactured (OEM) system from a vehicle and replacing it with an exhaust system that is more in line with the customer’s desires. When someone comes in the Richmond Meineke for this type of service the two questions asked are:

  1. How do you want the vehicle to sound? Are you looking for a quiet or loud rumble; you can choose from stock (quiet), mellow, high performance to aggressive for the loudest.
  2. What appearance are you looking for? Where do you want to locate the tail pipe and what type of tips do you want on the tail pipe.

Specifying and installing a custom exhaust to either a truck or car requires the mechanic to have technical knowledge of the engine, be a craftsman in order to fit the muffler and pipes to the vehicle and understand how to manage the harmonics which can cause unnecessary droning when driving.

If the muffler is to big it will reduce the back pressure of the engine which could impact the piston rings, causing oil usage and/or inefficient fuel consumption. If the new exhaust system is to small or bent pipes bent wrong or to many kinks back engine pressure is increased which could result in cracked piston rings

Once the muffler is located under the vehicle the mechanic must identify the exhaust pipe routing to the engine manifold and then from the muffler to the tail pipe and tip location. This requires visualizing the routing of the exhaust pipe and bending the pipe to fit the contour of the vehicle bottom. Many times multiple bends at different angles are required for a single pipe. At this point we also ensure the new components are not touching other vehicle parts or reacting against other systems which eliminates vibrations and rattles.  Last, it is extremely important  to connect the pipes, mufflers and tips with a high quality continuous weld to ensure there is no exhaust spitting and the customer gets the desired vehicle sound.

The Richmond Meineke guarantees that our mufflers, pipes and workmanship is of the highest quality and provides customers with superior value. We also ensure complete customer satisfaction with meeting desired vehicle sound and exhaust appearance.



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