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The basics of exhaust fabrications and repairs for heavy commercial vehicles

Commercial vehicles are workhorses. They are built to haul, tow and carry heavy loads day in and day out. But even the strongest workhorses need a little TLC now and then. Exhaust systems are highly susceptible to corrosion and damage, so it’s important to keep an eye on them and know when to perform basic repairs.

What is the most common problem of the exhaust system?

The most common problem of an exhaust system is corrosion. Exhaust manifolds and exhaust pipes are susceptible to corrosion due to the high temperatures they are subjected to, especially in heavy commercial vehicles that do a lot of stop-and-go driving. This can lead to cracks and holes in the exhaust, which can cause noise, decreased performance and increased emissions.

To prevent this from happening, it is important to have your exhaust system inspected regularly and repaired as soon as any problems are found. If you do not have the time or expertise to do this yourself, there are many professional shops that specialize in exhaust fabrication and repair. These shops can inspect your system, make repairs as needed and even custom fabricate a new exhaust if necessary.

What to keep an eye and ear out for

There are a few signs that will indicate that your exhaust system may need to be repaired or replaced. If you notice any of the following, it is time to have your exhaust checked out:
⦁ Increased noise coming from the engine or exhaust
⦁ Decreased performance
⦁ Increased emissions
⦁ Exhaust gases entering the cabin of the vehicle
⦁ Any unusual smells coming from the exhaust

If you are not sure what is causing the problem, a professional shop can inspect your system and diagnose the issue. They will then be able to recommend the best course of action to take, whether it is a simple repair or a complete replacement.

Don’t wait until it’s too late

Your exhaust system plays an important role in both the performance and safety of your vehicle. It is therefore important to keep it in good condition and repair any problems as soon as they are found. By doing so, you can avoid more serious issues down the road and keep your car running smoothly.

What can be fabricated?

Exhaust fabrication for heavy vehicles is a specialized process. The most common type of fabrication is the creation of an exhaust manifold. This is a large, cast iron or steel pipe that connects the engine to the exhaust pipe. Other types of exhaust fabrication include creating custom pipes and mufflers. You best guess is to go with a shop that specialises in exhaust fabrication, as they will have the necessary tools and experience to do the job right.

The MK Equipment Services team is made up of qualified diesel mechanics, boilermakers, exhaust fitters and welders who all deliver superior workmanship. Our workshop in Rocklea is fitted out with the latest tools and equipment, so you can be confident that your vehicles are in good hands. Contact the team at MK Equipment Services today at (07) 3272 9519 to discuss how we can help you out!

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