Exhaust & Muffler Repair
At Meineke we know Exhaust. Whether
you just need a clamp fixed on your muffler, or you are interested in custom performance exhaust systems,
Your Local Meineke Shop can get the job done!
With highly trained exhaust system technicians and the capability to custom bend exhaust
pipes to fit any make or model of vehicle, Meineke is the place to bring your vehicle for all your exhaust system needs!
- Custom and Performance Exhaust Systems - Get the power and sound you are looking for.
- Catalytic Converter Replacement - Everything you ever wanted to know about catalytic converters!
- Custom bending of exhaust pipes to fit any make or model of vehicle.
What Will It Cost?
Since Meineke is a nationwide chain of independently owned and operated franchises, prices - and services -- vary from location to location.
Contact your local Meineke dealer for specific pricing information. For the most accurate
estimate, take your vehicle to Meineke for a free inspection. Our trained technicians can then assess your vehicle's needs, answer any questions
and review your options.
How do exhaust systems work?
The purpose of the exhaust/emission
system is to deaden the sound made by the internal combustion engine, reduce the temperature of the exhaust, and control the
emissions that come out of your vehicle. Vehicles create harmful gases during the combustion of fuel. The catalytic
converter in the exhaust system turns these gases into mostly harmless ones that do much less damage to the environment. Some
of the harmful gases that the exhaust system controls are:
- Hydrocarbons (unburned)
- Carbon Dioxide
- Sulfur Dioxide
- Carbon Monoxide
- Nitrogen Oxides
- Lead and Other Metals
The exhaust manifold conducts gases
from the combustion chambers of the engine to the exhaust pipe. It is usually constructed of cast iron and smooth curves to
improve the flow of exhaust.
The catalytic converter reduces
harmful emissions from engine exhaust. It uses a combination of heat and metals that act as catalysts. A catalyst is a
metal (or chemical) that causes other chemicals to go through a reaction without being affected itself. The inside of the
catalytic converter consists of metals like aluminum oxide, platinum palladium. These metals cause the carbon monoxide and
hydrocarbons to react and produce water vapor and carbon dioxide which are much less harmful to the atmosphere.
The muffler alone cannot always quiet
all the engine noise. Many exhaust systems also include a resonator which is like a mini muffler. They are usually
straight pipes filled with sound muffling materials. The resonator can be either before or after the muffler in the exhaust
Exhaust pipe connects all the other parts of the exhaust system.
The muffler quiets the noise of the
engine. There are two kinds of mufflers. One uses baffled chambers to reduce noise. As sound waves move through this type of
muffler, they bounce off the baffles and expend their energy inside the muffler, losing force and volume. The other type
forces the exhaust straight through a perforated pipe that contains metal, fiberglass, or some other kind of sound-absorbing
material. This muffler is designed to reduce back pressure (exhaust going back up the pipes) and consequently makes a little
The tail pipe comes out of the
muffler, past the rear bumper of the vehicle, directing exhaust gases away from the vehicle. On many newer cars it also
serves as a decorative function and is tipped in chrome.