Exhaust Repair in Meridian and Caldwell, ID

Exhaust Repair in Meridian and Caldwell, ID

How does my car's exhaust work?

When your car is running, thousands of explosions occur every minute. These explosions produce leftover gases that can be harmful to your health. The chemicals in gases include carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, and hydrocarbons. These gases need to be routed away from the engine compartment so they don’t get into the cabin, and then into your lungs. Your exhaust system is responsible for this. Heritage Auto Repair is great at diagnosing exhaust system issues and we can repair your issues efficiently.

The exhaust system starts with the exhaust manifold, that connects the engine to the rest of the exhaust system. On one side of the manifold are individual tubes that connect to each of the engine cylinders. They merge together in the manifold and come out of the other side in a single tube. The oxygen sensor is usually located in the exhaust manifold and measures how much oxygen is in the waste gases. This is important because your engine mixes fuel with fresh air to produce air for your vehicle to move. To reach the ideal fresh air to fuel ratio, the engine control unit analyzes the oxygen amount the oxygen sensor provides and ensures the proper amount of fuel needed to maintain this ratio. The catalytic converter cleans up the harmful gases produced in the engine. The converter breaks down the nitrogen oxides into nitrogen and oxygen. This greatly reduces the emissions produced by your car.

Your vehicle's exhaust system also works to reduce noise. The mufflers in your auto exhaust system muffle the sound waves that are produced inside, routing the sound waves through tubes and chambers inside the muffler. Considering how important your vehicle's exhaust system is, you need a trustworthy auto repair shop to take care of it. If you are in Meridian and Caldwell, Boise, Eagle, Kuna, or Nampa, that shop is Heritage Auto Repair.

How do I know if my vehicle needs an exhaust repair?

Whether you drive a Toyota, Honda, Ford, Hyundai or something else, the symptoms of a bad car exhaust are the same. The following are some signs that your car needs an exhaust repair:

  • Overly noisy engine.

If you have a faulty exhaust manifold gasket, it will cause an exhaust leak that sounds like a hissing or tapping sound. The sound is especially loud during a cold start or when you accelerate the vehicle.

  • Decreased power and acceleration.

If it takes more effort than usual to accelerate your car, there is likely a problem with your exhaust system. If you are experiencing this, it is a good idea to take your vehicle to Heritage Auto Repair so we can take a look. 

  • Decreased fuel efficiency.

Along with decreased acceleration, if you are getting less mileage from your vehicle than before, there may be a problem with your exhaust system.

  • Burning smell from the engine bay.

If your exhaust system leaks into your car's engine wires or any parts under the hood that are made of plastic, the heat from the exhaust gases could cause these parts to burn. This causes a burning smell and even smoke coming out of your vehicle. It is imperative that you bring your vehicle in for repairs to Heritage Auto Repair in Meridian and Caldwell as soon as a burning smell is noticed.

  • Hanging exhaust pipe.

If any part of the exhaust pipe breaks and is hanging or dragging out of your vehicle, take your vehicle in for repairs immediately.

  • Gas smell.

If you smell gas inside your car while you are driving, it is usually caused by one of the exhaust pipes or tubes gets damaged and starts to leak. 

Your exhaust system is integral to a safe driving experience, so when the time comes to get it repaired, you can bring your vehicle to Heritage Auto Repair. Serving residents of Ada County and beyond, our number one goal is to provide high-quality customer service and repair services to every customer, every day. In addition to exhaust repair, we also offer services in oil changes, fluid services and tune-ups.

Your award-winning local Shop for Exhaust Repair

If you are having an issue with your exhaust system, Heritage Auto Repair in Meridian and Caldwell is your place to go. Our owner Tony Zanders and team of expertly trained and ASE certified technicians have decades of experience and are experts in all things auto repair, including oil changes, fluid services and tune-ups, transmission repair, and exhaust repair. 

Here are some reasons why you should choose us:

  • Family owned and operated since we opened
  • We have a review score of 5 based on reviews from 800 satisfied customers.
  • Voted “Best in the Treasure Valley” and “Best in Idaho” for automotive repair in 2020
  • Currently a nationally recognized “Gold Certified” Napa Autocare Center
  • Shuttle service to get you where you need to be
  • Our diverse team is sure to have an expert in the make and model of your vehicle

If you are in the 83642-2440 area or nearby, don't hesitate to schedule an appointment with Heritage Auto Repair, either online or via phone at 208-887-1442. 

Heritage Auto Repair - "Best in the Treasure Valley". 



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