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Muffler Repair & Exhaust System Services

Automotive exhaust system repair and muffler repair work are integral parts of maintaining a vehicle, even if it’s a newer model. It’s a big part of repairs we handle at Brake Works, though it’s relatively easy to pinpoint possible exhaust system issues. Let’s look at the major components of the typical exhaust system, what it’s responsible for, and the types of problems that can develop. Brake Works is a designated San Antonio muffler repair shop that can handle all of these issues.



Exhaust Manifolds — Signs You Need Repairs
The exhaust manifold bolts to your engine’s cylinder head and provides a release for gases created by burning fuel in your engine, not just oil. At a quick glance, your exhaust manifold looks like a bunch of tubes that connect to a single pipe. One important fact to know if you’re attempting your own repairs: Do not touch these tubes! The parts that release the gases become extremely hot, even after your car has stopped running.
Exhaust manifold problems are more common on older vehicles, due to the expansion and contractions of heat passing through it. If you’re hearing a popping or hissing noise during engine operation or smell burning materials from your engine compartment, you may need exhaust manifold or muffler repair. The most evident sign of exhaust wear is melting or burning spark plugs — if you see this, bring your car into a muffler repair shop right away. If not taken care of in a timely manner, exhaust gases can potentially leak into the vehicle interior, where they become toxic and even deadly for passengers.

Exhaust Manifold/Head Pipe Connection
The exhaust pipe connection connects the exhaust manifold to the catalytic converter, then to the muffler. Most cars under five years old have multiple gaskets and flanges designed to prevent deterioration on these pipe connections, but they are still susceptible to other wear and tear. Signs of trouble in your head pipe connection include hissing or popping sounds, discoloration around the connection, or missing hangars. It’s important to address these muffler repair issues quickly because this part of your muffler is vital to the emissions system regulations. If it’s not your head pipes, it could be your oxygen sensor.

Oxygen Sensor and Emission Regulation
The oxygen sensor is imperative in determining whether your vehicle passes emission regulation tests. It assists the main engine to maintain proper fuel and air mixture, which creates cleaner emissions and improves fuel economy. The first sign of oxygen sensor failure is usually decreased miles per gallon rates and higher levels of exhaust gases in your emissions. These problems can eventually result in your catalytic converter overheating, which can cause severe engine damage.
If you’re noticing a decrease in fuel economy or fail an emissions inspection, visit a muffler repair shop right away. Brake Works can replace your oxygen sensor to help you save money on gas and prevent pollution to help you pass an emissions inspection.

Tailpipe — The Final Connection Is Important
Diagnosing tailpipe issues is relatively simple when dealing with muffler repair problems. If your muffler is excessively loud, releases a smelly exhaust, or is dragging or hanging low, it’s best to get into a muffler shop right away. The tailpipe is particularly sensitive to exposure to the elements or possible impact from objects, but Brake Works provides cost-efficient repairs for tailpipes on all car models.

Visit Brake Works If You’re Experiencing Any of These Muffler Repair Issues

Muffler repair is a repair that comes with age, no matter what type of vehicle you have. Brake Works can service a variety of makes and models to guarantee the best service. With two convenient San Antonio locations, we make service simple and transparent. Our certified technicians can install a new muffler or repair an existing muffler to ensure that your vehicle is safe, quiet, and passes all necessary inspections.