The Importance of Exhaust System Maintenance
Exhaust systems reside in the underbelly of the trucks in your fleet. Although heat shields protect most components of your exhaust system, they’re still prone to wear and tear due to their proximity to the road. As such, they are susceptible to corrosion, rust, and leaks. If left unchecked, a damaged exhaust system can decrease power, acceleration, fuel economy and even health concerns for your operators due to exhaust gases seeping into the cabin. That's why it's essential to have your exhaust system inspected and maintained regularly.
Signs of Exhaust System Issues
Loud or unusual noises, decreased performance, strong exhaust smells, decreased fuel efficiency, and rust or corrosion are common signs of exhaust system issues. Ignoring these signs may lead to decreased power, acceleration, fuel economy, and harmful emissions entering the cabin, resulting in health concerns such as headaches, migraines, or nausea.
Although some of these symptoms will help you pinpoint the problem (loud noises, strong exhaust smells), others are more difficult to spot. When you bring one of your trucks to our shop, we’ll inspect the entire exhaust system to ensure everything works as intended.
Causes of Exhaust Leaks
Exhaust leaks are generally caused by wear and tear or road debris. Over time, rust may build up on your exhaust, weakening its structural strength and leading to leaks. Loose heat shields, which protect the underside of your vehicle from the extreme heat contained in the exhaust system, are also at risk of falling off due to corrosion or road debris.
Our Exhaust System Repair Services
At Elite Truck & Fleet Service, our team of skilled technicians specializes in all aspects of exhaust system repair. Whether you’re dealing with substantial exhaust leaks or a misaligned heat shield, we’ve got you covered. We offer thorough exhaust system inspections to help you stay in compliance with federal and state DOT inspections, and we’ll repair and patch rust damage of all kinds, ensuring your exhaust system functions at optimal performance.
Are you experiencing any of the symptoms listed above? Call Elite Truck & Fleet Service today for complete exhaust system repairs!