The sound of your exhaust is often telling of a problem and a loud exhaust nearly always requires maintenance.
The silencer - the part that sits furthest from the engine and keeps your exhaust quiet – is colder than the rest of the exhaust and therefore allows fumes to condense and become pools of corrosive acid. If this is damaged, it usually manifests itself in a loud roaring noise.
Any kind of rattling or clanking could be due to part of your exhaust working its way free and needing realignment, or that a bracket is loose. Chugging is indicative of a blockage somewhere in your exhaust network and hissing suggests that there’s a crack along the piping or a leaking gasket.
The exhaust piping is rusty
There are certain exhaust problems that you can diagnose yourself by simply taking a look. Cracks and holes can be identified, especially around piping joints. Rust is not always an indicator that your exhaust needs replacing, as it could be external only. Using a hard object, you can test this by gently poking the rusted areas of exhaust; if the piping falls through or buckles, you know that the rusting is internal and your exhaust needs replacing.
White or black smoke coming out of your exhaust
People assume that black smoke billowing from your exhaust indicates a problem with the exhaust itself, but it is more likely a sign of a poorly engine. Black smoke is an indicator that your engine is burning fuel too rapidly, whilst white smoke for a prolonged period could be evidence of leaking coolant.
Does your car exhaust need repairing or replacing? Contact the Sunrise experts at 01258 459798.
The Ministry of Transport has announced a proposal that will see cars that are over 40 years old become exempt from MOT testing as of May 2018. The new legislation comes after reviews by the government revealed that modern tests were becoming too advanced to be suitable for older vehicles.
A proposal to create simpler tests was rejected by the department of transport, that noted most classic car owners keep their vehicles in good condition. In addition, owners of cars over 40 years old will still be able to submit their vehicles for voluntary MOT testing when the new rules at enforced.
Under current laws, all vehicles are required to undergo an annual MoT or Roadworthiness test except for cars made before 1960. The changes planned by the Ministry of Transport would mean that the MoT test exemption would now cover cars made or registered in the 1970s too.
Implementation of the new changes would also bring the age of test exempt vehicles in line with that of exemption from paying road tax.
In making the proposed changes, the government carried out research that found that standard garages may be inadequately testing older cars. This is a result of modern MoT tests becoming less applicable to classic cars, and newer car services being inadequate to maintaining their current standard.
To support its position, the government stated its belief that classic cars were rarely used and usually kept in good condition. The option to submit cars for testing would remain open to cars 40 years and over as owners will still be required to keep their vehicles in a roadworthy condition if they are to be used on public roads.
The element of risk from making cars over 40 years old exempt was judged to be small, so the changes to the MOT test are likely to take effect in 2018. While models from the 1970s may be a bit younger, the government trust that classic car owners will remain responsible for the upkeep of their vehicles.
Nobody likes unexpected surprises, so if you want to have real confidence in your car this winter, make sure that you book it in for a service. If your car is in good running order, you will have peace of mind when going on journeys.
At Sunrise, you can expect expert car servicing to ensure that you prevent issues arising by regularly servicing your vehicle. Our highly trained mechanics are on hand to deliver exceptional levels of workmanship to ensure that you can experience trouble-free motoring.
Our Service & Repairs provisioning includes: engine diagnostics, engine rebuild, injector removal, the repair of transmission and gearboxes, resolving issues pertaining to steering and suspension, brake services and more!.
Even simple things like checking and replacing the anti-freeze in your vehicles radiator will provide you with that extra level of protection from a potential weather-related breakdown.
If your car battery is older than four years, you may need to invest in a new car battery, but our professional vehicle servicing offering will determine if this is required.
The colder months can have an impact on your vehicles tyres. When the weather is cooler, your tyre pressure will be lower and lower pressures can increase the amount of tyre in contact with the road which increases fuel consumption. Not only does this increase how much petrol or diesel that you are putting in your vehicle, but it also can compromise the handling of your tyres too.
Ensure that you keep the air in your tyres topped up and check the air pressure regularly
Changing your automatic transmission fluid and ensuring that this is the recommended fluid for your car will ensure that your engine more cleanly and efficiently. This in turn will help with regards to better fuel economy.
You may want to consider investing in a set of winter tyres which can be used in the colder weather. They are made from a softer compound which means that they are soft enough to maintain the grip required in temperatures below 7 degrees. Winter or ‘cold weather’ tyres have a different tread pattern which provides better grip in snow.
A smeary windscreen can have a significant impact on visibility which is dangerous. The low sun in winter highlights every smear on your windscreen which makes it incredibly difficult to see the road.
Keep your windscreen maintained by ensuring that you keep your windscreen washer topped up and if your windscreen wipers are showing signs of wear, get them replaced as soon as possible.
Always ensure that you clear your windscreen (and other windows) of condensation and ice before you drive off to ensure that your visibility isn’t affected. It is also worth noting that if you cause an accident due to not see clearly, then your car insurance premiums may rocket.
Ensure that you regularly wipe your lights and check that the bulbs are working to make sure that other road users and pedestrians can see you.
From spare warm clothes and blankets to bottles of water and snacks, if you are planning a long journey in difficult conditions, ensure that you have some essentials with you just in case of any problems. You should also carry a torch, battery jump leads, a shovel and de-icer to ensure that you are prepared for any difficult weather conditions.
When there is a severe weather warning make sure that you take them seriously. Use apps and check the internet before you travel. If there is a severe weather warning, consider delaying your journey and don’t travel unless it is necessary.
Reference: Telegraph and Money Supermarket
If you drive an automatic car you may be interested to know that our team is equipped with the latest automatic transmission fluid machine, that ensures a quick and easy service. Our effective machinery works with all types of automatic transmission fluid, so you're guaranteed that we can perform an overall professional job! Sunrise Service & MOT have many years of experience providing automatic car services at cost-effective prices, contact us on 01258 459798 for more details.
One of the most commonly overlooked aspects of an automatic vehicle is the transmission, if it declines or stops working it will affect the performance of your vehicle. To keep your transmission well-maintained, we recommend that you regularly change your automatic transmission fluid when needed.
There are many benefits to exchanging your Automatic Transmission Fluid (ATF) on a regular basis:
Most car manufacturers recommend changing the automatic transmission fluid (ATF) every 40,000 miles. It is imperative to stay on top of your vehicles transmission fluid maintenance and there are many benefits associated with undertaking this. What are the benefits of changing your automatic transmission fluid? by not adhering to this, you could experience some significant problems with your transmission which could leave you with costly repairs.
There are normally some key indicators that your automatic car may require a change of automatic transmission fluid and this can include: