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Exhaust smoke

Spotting problems with your car exhaust

Your car’s exhaust is a major part of the vehicle. It reduces engine noise and enhances performance. Below are a few signs that you might need to have your exhaust checked.


This is a common problem for exhausts and easy to pick up on. When starting the car listen for a loud roaring sound or hiss which might indicate a fault. Any rattling sound should also not be ignored.


Look for rust along the pipe. This is noticeable by any metal that flakes or breaks off. Cracks and holes around the seams or joints is cause for concern. Signs like these should raise alarm bells and will need to checked for further damage.


Another problem which can be hard to spot. A leak can be caused by holes or cracks in the exhaust manifold or muffler. You will need to listen for unusual sounds when the car is running to have an indication something is wrong.

Leaving a problem with your exhaust could end up costing you money later down the line. So make sure any warning signs are dealt with early on by a qualified mechanic.

If you think you’ve spotted a fault with your exhaust, book it in with one of our highly trained mechanics. Find your nearest UCCC garage today using our online garage finder and book an appointment today.