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Exhaust Repair

Keep Dangerous Fumes Out

Your car’s exhaust system works to keep fumes where they belong: outside of the vehicle and away from you and your passengers. Exhaust fumes contain dangerous chemicals like carbon dioxide. A broken exhaust system may allow these fumes to remain in the vehicle, including around passengers.

Bring your car in today and let us return your exhaust system to factory condition. You can even use one of our complimentary loaner vehicles!

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Minneapolis Exhaust Repair

Why Exhaust Repair is Essential

The only part of the exhaust system most people see is the muffler, but the exhaust system is more than that. It runs from the engine at the front of the car all the way to the rear of the car where the muffler is. The exhaust system carries exhaust gases away from the engine for three main reasons:

  • Reduce noise
    • The exhaust system has at least one resonator and at least one muffler to change how it sounds and make it quieter
    • If you’ve heard a car with a broken exhaust, you know how loud they can be!
  • Carry harmful gases away from passenger compartment
    • A running engine creates carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons, and nitrogen oxides, which are dangerous to inhale. The exhaust carries these gases to the rear of the car so they don’t enter the vehicle.
  • Reduces emissions
    • Since 1975, an important part of the exhaust system has been the catalytic converter. The catalytic converter creates a reaction that reduces the amount of carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons, and nitrogen oxides that exit your tailpipe.  

Many modern and high-performance cars also rely on the exhaust system for fuel efficiency. The exhaust system helps suck exhaust out of the combustion chamber, which means less work for the piston and greater power output.

How We Repair Your Exhaust System

The first step in servicing the exhaust system is identifying where the problem is. A loud exhaust is sometimes broken and obvious. In other cases, the exhaust must be closely inspected to find the source of the exhaust leak.

Once the leak is found, the flanges, or places where the exhaust pipes are connected, are inspected so we know how well the exhaust system will come apart. In some cases the entire exhaust system will need to be replaced because the flanges will deteriorate to nothing once the exhaust is removed.

Another common reason to replace exhaust components is a catalytic converter fault. The check engine light illuminates and we retrieve a fault for catalytic converter efficiency. We then test the catalytic converter to determine whether the part has failed or something else has caused the fault, such as a failing oxygen sensor or a poorly-running vehicle.

Once the failed exhaust pieces are replaced, we reinspect to make sure the system is sealed and functioning normally.

Know When to Repair Your Exhaust System

The most obvious sign that your exhaust system needs servicing is that the vehicle is louder than normal. Often times it’s most noticeable on startup and under hard acceleration. There’s also a possibility the check engine light will illuminate for an exhaust leak or a catalytic converter problem.

At Alexander’s we’ve serviced thousands of exhaust systems on a number of different cars. We focus on returning your exhaust system to factory condition. We’ve worked with our suppliers to ensure we install high-quality parts at a reasonable price.

If your car is getting loud, give us a call today!

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