On today’s cars (and many of yesterdays), “Exhaust System” is actually a misnomer. Instead of a muffler and tailpipe, the exhaust system is just one component of a vehicles emission control system. The EC system is typically computer controlled and can include a PCV valve, oxygen sensor, catalytic convertor, EGR valve, exhaust manifold(s), air pump, muffler(s) and tail pipes.
If any of your emission components (PCV valve, oxygen sensor, catalytic converter, EGR valve, muffler, tailpipe, exhaust manifold or air pump) are faulty and in need of repair, your car could be difficult to start, could run roughly or could be excessively noisy. It could also be contributing to air pollution problems.
When in doubt, have a Walt’s certified technician check out your entire emission system. This should be done every 6,000 miles or six months.
Did you know?
The sound that a vehicle makes is typically controlled by the exhaust components (muffler, pipes, convertor) and with today’s technologies and product availability WALT’S AUTO CARE CENTERS has a sound for everyone. Most Walt’s locations have the ability to let you hear (via computer) what some well known performance mufflers sound like. Almost like “test driving” some mufflers before purchasing.
Assistant manager and technician Eddie G. shown here removing a muffler from a customers vehicle prior to the installation of a new exhaust system. Eddie is using an oxygen/acetylene (gas mixture) cutting torch to remove the old muffler.
Pictured above is Walt’s Auto Care Centers 2003 Dream Cruiser featuring a custom performance exhaust system utilizing an Allied Manufacturing “Meanstreak” muffler, mandrel bent exhaust pipes and MagnaFlow stainless steel tips.