Exhaust System Repair

Exhaust System Repair in South Riding, VA

Keep your car running smoother, cleaner and quieter with a healthy exhaust system. Needing repair? Trust the auto experts at Virginia Tire & Auto of South Riding to diagnose and repair any problems with your exhaust.

What does my exhaust system do?

As you drive, your car’s engine burns fuel to power the vehicle and keep you moving. Once the fuel is used, it leaves exhaust gases that need to be expelled into the atmosphere. This is where the exhaust system comes in.

The basic parts of an exhaust system are the exhaust manifold, catalytic converter, resonator, muffler and tailpipe. All these parts work together to dampen engine noise, reduce harmful emissions and move exhaust fumes out and away from your vehicle.

The exhaust system also helps improve your vehicle’s fuel economy. Sensors built into the exhaust system measure the fuel burning in your engine. These sensors communicate with the other components in your engine to ensure the best fuel-to-air ratio is used in combustion, giving you the best fuel economy. This allows your gas mileage to stay down and your fill-ups at the gas pump to last longer.

How does the catalytic converter work?

Since 1975, all vehicles come with a catalytic converter that helps remove harmful emissions. When an engine burns fuel, it creates toxic gases like carbon monoxide, nitrous oxides and hydrocarbons (unburned fuel). The catalytic converter uses chemical reactions to eliminate these harmful pollutants and convert them into less dangerous gases like carbon dioxide, nitrogen and water vapor. This helps reduce carbon emissions and makes cars more environmentally friendly.

Signs You Need Exhaust Repair

Loud Engine Noise

It’s hard to miss a car with a worn-out muffler; you can hear it coming from a mile away! The muffler’s job is to muffle engine noise. If there’s even a small hole or crack in it, it can cause a lot of noise.

Rattling Noises

Do you hear strange rattling noises when your car is running? It’s likely caused by a broken hanger. Best case scenario, your exhaust system is loose and rattling around. Worst case scenario, you’re dragging your muffler on the ground. Either way, it’s probably a good idea to pull over and check underneath your car.

Decreased Fuel Efficiency

One of the functions of the exhaust system is to help regulate the amount of fuel used in the engine combustion process. But when the exhaust leaks or a sensor malfunctions, your engine has to work harder than usual and your fuel economy decreases.

Check Engine Light

Your check engine light alerts you to any issues that may affect your engine’s performance, including exhaust problems. Common issues that set off the check engine light include a bad catalytic converter and failed sensors.

Foul Odors & Drowsiness

If you get unusually drowsy or smell something strange while driving, get your exhaust checked as soon as possible! It could be a serious indicator that harmful fumes are leaking into your car’s interior.

Leaks or holes in the exhaust system can release toxic gases, like carbon monoxide, into the atmosphere. This is not only harmful to the environment but also to you and your passengers if the gases infiltrate the car interior.

Exhaust System Services at Virginia Tire & Auto of South Riding

Keep your vehicle running safely and efficiently with regular exhaust system maintenance. When you notice anything wrong with your exhaust system, visit Virginia Tire & Auto of South Riding for the repair and/or replacement of:

  • Air Temperature Sensors
  • Catalytic Converters
  • EGR Systems
  • Engine Gaskets
  • EVAP Components

  • Exhaust Systems
  • Hangers
  • Mufflers
  • Oxygen Sensors
  • Tailpipes

Schedule Exhaust System Repair in South Riding, VA

Whether you are getting ready for your Virginia Emissions Inspection or are experiencing the sounds and smells of an exhaust system problem, let the ASE Certified Technicians at Virginia Tire & Auto of South Riding inspect and repair your vehicle’s exhaust system.

Drop by or schedule an appointment today!

Why choose Virginia Tire & Auto?

There is a reason why customers continue to come back to Virginia Tire & Auto over their dealers. We provide unmatched service to customers at all of our 17 Virginia Tire & Auto locations. At each of our locations, you will find comfortable lounges, free coffee and tea, and options like loaner cars so your life does not have to stop for car care. We are committed to making sure you’re 100% satisfied with our service.

Our Difference.

We’re different from other repair shops. We invest heavily in our employees, tools and facilities to ensure that experts with the right equipment service your vehicle in a clean, friendly environment. Our technicians work hard to stay on top of repair technology and tire services. We believe in being friendly, helpful and honest with every customer who comes through our doors.

We service all major automotive brands.

We service all major automotive brands including Acura, Audi, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Ford, GMC, Honda, Hyundai, Infiniti, Jaguar, Jeep, Kia, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Mazda, Mercedes, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Porsche, RAM, Subaru, Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo.

Our Guarantee

We’re 100% committed to making sure you’re 100% satisfied. We’ve spent more than 40 years doing things the right way, and that’s why it’s part of our culture to make sure you’re in the most friendly, comfortable and honest environment possible. And it’s also why our warranty not only covers all our services but will also be honored at all our locations, too.

Helpful Articles

  • Virginia State Inspection Check List

    Before taking your vehicle for a Virginia State Inspection, we advise you to visually check the following items on your vehicle to save you time and hassle.

  • Common Car Noises and What They Mean

    Don't ignore any sound your car is consistently making for an extended period of time. Ignoring the sound won't make it go away and usually, neglecting the issue adds additional expenses to repairs.

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