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Exhausts have four main functions:
- Control noise
- Keep the exhaust fumes away from passengers
- Improve the performance of the engine
- Improve fuel consumption.
An exhaust is a series of pipes that links the engine to a silencer and a catalytic converter. You can see the tailpipe extending from the back of the car. The silencer joins onto the tailpipe, then a series of further pipes joins the silencer to the catalytic converter and then the engine.
Exhausts can corrode from both the inside and outside. How long your exhaust lasts for depends on how far and how often you drive your car rather than the length of time it has been fitted. Vehicles used for short trips around town tend to corrode their exhausts in a much shorter time and distance than cars used predominately for long journeys.
Worn-out brakes can mean the difference between a near miss and an accident. So for safety’s sake, pay attention to these 10 signs your car needs new brakes ASAP.
1. HIGH-PITCHED SCREECHING
If you hear a high-pitched screeching noise when you apply your brakes, it is usually coming from a little piece of metal built into your brake pads that’s intended to let you know when the pads are getting low and need to be replaced soon.
2. VISIBLE WEAR-AND-TEAR
Another way to check on the condition of your brake pads is a visual inspection. You can see them between the wheel’s spokes. If the pads are less than a quarter inch thick, it’s time to have them inspected or replaced.
3. SCREECHING DESPITE NEW PADS
Loud screeching or other high-pitch noises coming from your brakes doesn’t always mean you need new brake pads. Sometimes it means your rotors are glazed, caused by excessive braking that heats up and burns the metal. If you see a dark ring or blue marks on the rotors, you’ll need to replace them.
4. BRAKE PEDAL VIBRATION
When your rotors are warped, it causes vibration or pulsating through the brake pedal. But irresponsible braking isn’t the only cause of warping. If the rotors become too old and thin, they’re also susceptible to warping and will need to be replaced.
5. SLOW STOPPING RESPONSE
If you find yourself in a situation where you need to stop quickly but it feels like the brakes aren’t stopping fast enough or they aren’t as responsive as they should be, this could be an indication of a leak in the braking system.
6. EXTREMELY SENSITIVE BRAKES
If your brakes jerk your car to a stop at the gentlest touch, it could mean either you need a brake fluid exchange or your rotors have worn down unevenly.
7. EXTREMELY INSENSITIVE BRAKES
If you need to push the pedal nearly to the floor to get your brakes to engage it could mean you’re low on brake fluid, there’s air in the brake fluid, or your brake pads are too thin. It could also be a symptom of a problem in your car’s hydraulic system.
8. DRIVEWAY PUDDLE
The easiest way to tell if your brake system is leaking fluid is to check under your car. If you find a small puddle of fluid after the car has been parked for a while, and it looks similar to fresh motor oil but not as slimy, it’s probably brake fluid.
9. PULLING TO ONE SIDE
If it feels like some invisible force is pulling your car to one side while braking, there’s a good chance the brake linings are wearing unevenly and are in need of adjustment. It could also be a sign that there’s some sort of foreign matter in the brake fluid, which means you’ll need to get the fluid drained and replaced.
10. HEAVY GRINDING SOUNDS
If you somehow missed the screeching reminder that your brake pads are getting low, you’ll soon hear an even worse sound: heavy metallic grinding or growling, which means the pads have worn down completely. At this late stage, replacement is likely out of the question—the grinding sound is coming from the metal plate rubbing against the rotor. In a short amount of time, this can scratch the rotors or even melt the metal together and cause your brakes to stick—a safety hazard that needs to be addressed immediately.
We supply top brand tyres including Bridgestone tyres, Pirelli tyres, Dunlop tyres, Continental tyres, Goodyear tyres and Michelin tyres, as well as mid-range alternatives including Avon tyres, Firestone tyres and Yokohama tyres. We’ve also got a range of quality budget brand tyres.