Muffler, Exhaust and Catalytic Converter Services Dallas, Texas
A dragging tailpipe and loud muffler may be a classic comedy trope, but a malfunctioning exhaust system is no laughing matter. Broken exhaust parts can increase emissions, compromise engine performance, and even release toxic gas into the cabin.
Catalytic Converter Replacement
Many modern vehicles control engine-generated emissions with a catalytic converter. Also known as a “cat,” the catalytic converter is part of the exhaust system responsible for converting toxic pollutants into less harmful emissions. If it’s working correctly, you won’t notice your cat, but a failing converter makes its presence obvious. The most common symptom is firstly it will probably cause a check engine light to come on and if ignored long enough it will cause a lack of power in the engine performance. This is due to the Cat being essentially a filter for the exhaust gasses and it needs to be changed as all filters do. When it clogs it causes back pressure on the engine. The exhaust gasses can not get through the Cat (filter). This backpressure can cause fouled-out spark plugs, oil leaks, and several other problems. If ignored long enough it can cause complete engine failure.
We can troubleshoot your cat with an emissions inspection; this diagnostic test allows us to narrow in on the catalytic converter’s point of failure. Usually, the cause is a thick layer of contaminants coating the walls, creating clogs similar to grease in a sink drain.
Faulty Catalytic Converter
If we determine your catalytic converter is failing, you must have it replaced before leaving the shop to restore your vehicle’s performance and low emission status. Neglecting a broken cat can reduce power, especially during acceleration, and increase harmful pollutants released.
Unfortunately, it is not possible to swap a faulty cat with a used unit; strict legal regulations prohibit the resale of catalytic converters. However, our expert technicians can quickly source a new replacement cat, getting you back on the road sooner.
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Exhaust Repair and Replacement
Exhaust systems are essential to every vehicle, ensuring the engine runs correctly and keeping toxic fumes out of the cabin. They’re also responsible for reducing the exhaust temperature and muting the sound of the roaring engine. If you suspect a problem with your car’s exhaust system, let All State Auto Experts inspect it.
Exhaust System Inspections
If you notice unusual behavior from your vehicle while driving, such as a strange vibration, more pungent fumes, or a louder engine, the exhaust system probably needs work done; these are all class signs of leaks and faulty cats. Even if you don’t experience these signs, bring your car in for an inspection if it’s more than eight years old; the older the vehicle gets, the more vulnerable it becomes to wear and tear.
A faulty exhaust system also impacts fuel efficiency. Most come with a sensor to detect how much oxygen passes through the exhaust, signaling to the engine to either increase or decrease fuel to maintain efficiency. However, if the sensor is broken, your engine could spend more power than it has to. Changing the sensor every 60,000 miles can prevent this issue from occurring.
Our professional mechanics are also exhaust experts; we can get your vehicle back to running condition in no time.
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Muffler Repair and Replacement
A muffler is one part of the entire exhaust system. The muffler is the component that governs evacuating exhaust gas and reducing engine sounds. The exhaust system begins with the exhaust value and manifold, continuing through a series of pipes to a cat, muffler, and tailpipe. Depending on the design, dual exhaust systems might use multiple cats and mufflers. However, single exhaust systems are more common, relying on only one cat and muffler.
Faulty Muffler Signs
Muffler manufacturers typically estimate a lifespan of 40,000 to 80,000 miles. However, your muffler could fail sooner from harsh weather conditions, potholes and road debris damage, or corrosive road salt. Frequently washing your car’s undercarriage can mitigate corrosion, and corrosion-resistant mufflers are available as replacement parts.
Signs that your muffler needs service includes:
- Clunking sounds from the muffler
- Louder exhaust noises
- Dangling or dragging the tailpipe
- Unusual exhaust smell
- Exhaust pipe condensation
- Engine misfires or rattling
Driving with a broken muffler may not be safe; damage to this component usually involves an exhaust leak, leading to hazardous carbon monoxide entering the driving cabin. Prolonged carbon monoxide exposure can cause health problems and impact your driving ability before you notice it happening.
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