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Millions of cars will take to the roads over the next couple of
months to convey families and friends to their summer holiday
destinations. Of the millions of cars that travel abroad, an
estimated 80,000 calls for breakdown assistance are due to an exhaust
system failure (source Europ Assistance).
Having trouble with your exhaust may not appear to be as serious
as say an electrical fault, but it can still cause considerable
inconvenience and immobilise the car. Picture yourself stranded on
the hard shoulder waiting for help when racing against the clock to
catch a ferry or shuttle service. Worse still, imagine having to
contend with the language barrier while also keeping the children
amused if your exhaust system fails abroad.
Tenneco Automotive, the world's largest producer of automotive
exhaust systems and components sold under the Walker brand name, says
that breakdowns due to exhaust failure are completely unnecessary if
motorists would only have their exhausts checked before departure.
It appears that when preparing the family car for the summer
holiday, most people check the oil, radiator and washer fluid levels
and perhaps the tyre pressures, but overlook the exhaust, seemingly
preferring for an exhaust to fail before replacing it. Yet for the
sake of a few minutes spent on checking, it's one less thing to go
wrong that could potentially spoil the mid-year break.
Holiday Motoring Advice Worth Taking To The Garage
Peter Dillen, Emission Control Group Product Manager for Tenneco
Automotive comments: "It not only makes sense to have your exhaust
checked to prevent a holiday breakdown, but it can also prevent your
car failing its next MOT test."
The message from Tenneco Automotive is clear. "Take your car to a
local service centre and get the exhaust system checked - before it
costs you time, money and a ruined holiday''added Dillen.
In addition, the company advises to take a few simple steps to
maximize the lifespan of your exhaust system:
Avoid Short Journeys:
On short journeys, exhaust system temperatures are lower, allowing
the gas to condense on the inside walls of the metal components,
forming an acidic coating and causing severe corrosion. This is a
main cause of rear muffler failure.
Avoid harsh road conditions:
Poor road conditions: grit, stones, salt, water and mud can damage
exhausts. If a very hot exhaust system is doused in water or comes
into contact with snow, rapid contraction and expansion will take
place, weakening the welds and seams of components.
Choose a good quality replacement exhaust system and a fully
A good quality exhaust system with a warranty will help to ensure
your exhaust lasts longer and is covered for any defects. A fully
qualified fitter at a reputable garage or exhaust center will also
ensure that the exhaust is fitted correctly using the appropriate
tools and accessories, and will ensure that the necessary clearances
from the car's body and suspension components are maintained.
Tenneco Automotive produces one in every four exhaust systems
world-wide and its original equipment (OE) division manufactures
systems for numerous car manufacturers including Porsche, BMW,
Mercedes and Audi. Its latest development is its new premium quality
exhaust system - Aluminox. One of its special features is a double
metal skin design, using stainless steel inside, which guarantees
outstanding protection against corrosion - especially from the
Under strict test conditions Aluminox not only proved that its
performance and durability are outstanding, but also demonstrated
excellent noise absorption qualities. As with all Walker exhaust
systems, Aluminox carries a 24-month guarantee.
Walker replacement exhaust systems and components are available
for over 90% of European and Japanese cars, with wide availability
through a network of garages, fast fit centres and Walker
specialists. The company who pioneered catalytic converter
technology in the early 1960s, is continuously striving to provide
new products and components that enhance vehicle performance whilst
reducing pollutant emissions.
Tenneco Automotive headquartered in Lake Forest, USA is the
largest producer of ride control and emission control products under
the Mronoe (R) and Walker (R) brands. With 23, 000 employees,
worldwide and a turnover of USD3.5 billion, the company has over 100
facilities in 22 countries in North and South America, Europe,
Africa, Australia and the Far East.
5 Dangers Of Driving With A Worn Out Exhaust:
- Dangerous gases could leak into the passanger cabin
- Increased noise pollution
- Leaks can emit harmful gases into the environment
- Broken exhausts on the roads can be a hazard to others
- Reduced engine power and increased fuel consumption
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