For businesses that rely on heavy equipment, semi-trucks or any other form of commercial vehicles, it is crucial for operators to have a local source for expert exhaust repair services. A damaged or failing exhaust system can expose the driver to dangerous fumes and loud, distracting driving conditions. It can also damage surrounding mechanical components or even start a fire.
In general, the systems that requires exhaust repair services are:
- After-treatment devices (catalytic converters, particulate filters) to reduce emissions of pollutants
- Exhaust brakes
- Mufflers – which provide noise attenuation
- Decoupling elements – which connect the exhaust manifold with the rest of the exhaust system
- The piping and hangers
The after-treatment devices and its piping are often termed the ‘hot end’ of the exhaust system – while mufflers and the tailpipes are the ‘cold end’. The ‘hot end’ piping may include the down-pipe or the front-pipe, which connects the exhaust manifold with the catalytic converter as well as piping between the catalyst and the particulate filter. Diesel particulate filters often require more maintenance than catalytic converters. As the accumulation of ash – a byproduct of oil consumption from engine operation – builds up in the filter as it cannot be converted into a gas and pass through the walls of the filter. This creates a hazard as the pressure before the filter itself increases. This is why it is important to seek regular exhaust repair services.
Some diesel trucks are equipped with an exhaust brake, which is designed to use the exhaust gas pressure for vehicle braking. It does this to ease the demands on wheel brakes and to increase their longevity. Any leaks in the exhaust system before the location of an exhaust brake should be repaired to ensure maximum efficiency and safety.
Common exhaust system problems
The overall health and performance of your heavy vehicle is dependent on the integrity of its exhaust system. The system, and all of its numerous parts, only functions properly when they are working together perfectly.
Some of the common exhaust system problems you may encounter include:
- Exhaust leaks
- Exhaust smoke
- Increased engine noise
- Broken hangers/devices
- Clogged muffler
MK Equipment Services is fully equipped to ensure your fleet is operating within strict local and federal regulations. We provide expert and highly qualified exhaust repair services on all heavy vehicles.
Our experienced team will provide cost-effective solutions that improve your vehicles exhaust system and engine performance, reduce long-term costs, and keep your vehicles operating safely and efficiently. Contact us today on (07) 3272 9519 to discuss what we can do for you.