Muffler and Exhaust System Repair and Maintenance

Loud exhaust noise can come from the front or rear of your vehicle – and most of us would not welcome it as it literally distracts us while driving! To be able to fix this problem as soon as possible, the first thing that must be done is to check out the cause of all those noises. It could be that the muffler or exhaust pipe is worn out, and needs to be replaced immediately. You may have a cracked or broken exhaust manifold – and that will as well require a replacement. A loud popping or backfiring noise when you step on the gas pedal is not something you want to ignore, as the engine will not run and function well, and you could risk a fire under the hood.

The heat shield under the passenger compartment could also be the problem. If it is loose, you may hear a noise that sounds like a lot of rocks rattling around in a tin can – not pleasant at all, right? This could be a simple fix, though, if bolts in the heat shield were too tightened, after letting the car cool off so a repair technician could slide underneath your vehicle to fix it, making sure the car is not running when he crawls under it to secure the bolts in the heat shield. If the heat shield has gotten bent, and is already touching the exhaust pipe, creating that noise, it can be bent back away from the exhaust pipe. This may not be your problem, though. You may have a broken exhaust hanger, which is basically a very sturdy heavy rubber band-type loop that supports the muffler. They do wear out, though, and can leave your muffler hanging! Which of the aforementioned problems causes your vehicle to produce unnecessary and distracting noise?Do you know what possible solutions may be done to fix them? You may fix them by yourself but make sure you have enough knowledge about such matters. Or else, you may be putting yourself in danger if not properly done. Still, the best thing to do is to look for a well-trusted car service expert. They can guide you along the way and can provide the best solution for a well-functioning car engine and so as for everyone’s safety and comfort.

With the help of modern technological advances, today’s exhaust system components last years longer compared in the past.Thanks to our up to date technology! Barring road damage, you can expect your original muffler, exhaust pipes, and catalytic converter to serve you better form 8up to 10 years. This does not mean we can ignore maintenance, though. On our part, taking good care of our vehicles is highly recommended to prevent possible engine problems. You should follow the recommendations and professional advice of your manufacturer and also the emission regulations of your state or local government.

Furthermore, you have to make sure you find a reputable auto care center that can guide you through this process.

The History of Battery Electric Vehicles

Battery Electric Vehicles or BEVs, predated the Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) vehicles. It was between 1832-1839 that Robert Anderson, a Scottish businessman, invented the first electric carriage and Professor Sibrandus Stratingh from the Netherlands designed the first small-scale electric car which was built by his assistant Christopher Becker in 1835.

The storage battery improved, firstly by Gaston Planté, a French physicist who invented the lead acid cell in 1859 and the first rechargeable battery. Then, in 1881, Camille Faure developed a more efficient and reliable battery which became so successful in the early electric cars. This discovery caused battery electric vehicles to flourish, with France and Great Britain being the first nations to support widespread development of electric vehicles.

Prior to 1900, battery electric vehicles held many speed and distance records, the most notable of which, was the breaking of the 100 km/h (60 mph) speed barrier. It was by Camille Jenatzy on April 29, 1899 in a rocket-shaped vehicle named Jamais Contente (Never Happy) which reached a top speed of 105.88 km/h (65.79 mph).

During the early 20th Century, battery electric vehicles outsold gasoline powered vehicles and were successfully sold as town cars to upper-class customers. Because of technological limitations, these cars were limited to a top speed of about 32 km/h (20 mph). The cars were marketed as “suitable vehicles for women drivers”. Electric vehicles did not need hand-cranking to start.

One of the downfalls of the battery electric vehicle was the introduction of the electric starter in 1913. It simplified the task of starting an internal combustion engine which was previously difficult and dangerous to start with the crank handle. Another was the mass-produced and relatively cheap Ford Model-T. Finally, the loss of Edisons direct current electric power transmission system. He was battling with George Westinghouse and Nikola Tesla over their desire to introduce alternating current as the principal electricity distribution. Edison’s direct current was the load for electric motors.

Battery electric vehicles were limited to niche applications. Forklift trucks were battery electric vehicles when introduced in 1923. BEV golf carts which were used as neighborhood electric vehicles and were partially “street legal”. By the late 1930s, the electric automobile industry had disappeared until the invention of the point contact transistor in 1947 which started a new era of electric vehicle.

In 1959 the Henney Kilowatt was introduced and was the world’s first modern transistor-regulated electric car and the predecessor to the more recent battery electric vehicles such as General Motors EV1. Only 47 Henney Kilowatts were produced, 24 being sold as 1959 models and 8 as 1960 models. It is not clear what happened to the other 15 built but it could be possible that they were sold as 1961 or 1962 models. None of the 8 1960 models were sold to the public because of the high manufacturing costs, but were sold to the electric cooperatives who funded the project.

It is estimated that there are between four and eight Henney Kilowatt battery electric vehicles still in existence with at least two of the survivors still driven periodically.

Battery electric vehicles have had issues with high battery costs, with limited travel distances, with charging time and the lifespan of the battery, although advancements in battery technology has addressed many of those problems.

At the present time, controversy reigns over battery electric vehicles. Campaigners, (et al) for BEV’s are accusing three major US automobile manufacturers of deliberately sabotaging BEV efforts through several methods, for instance, failing to market, failing to produce appropriate vehicles, by failing to satisfy demand and using lease-only programs with prohibitions against end of lease purchase.

In their defense, the three major manufacturers they have responded that they only make what the public want and the current trend is that the public doesn’t want battery electric vehicles.

Although we have the technology to manufacture and provide BEVs, one of the biggest downfalls for the prolific production of BEVs is the extortionate cost of replacement batteries. In some cases the cost of replacement batteries can be more than the price of the whole vehicle, especially when buying used battery electric vehicles.

Auto Repair Guides

Auto repair guides explain the maintenance, repair, and cleaning of automotive supplies. These are guides meant for home users as well as professionals. Nowadays, these are available in electronic versions, and there are many software packages available to diagnose and fix automotive problems.

Major companies in this industry such as Ford, Mercedes, Chevrolet, and Volkswagen provide electronic auto repair guides so that even amateur users can learn a lot about auto repair. Auto repair guides usually tell you how repairs are done on all major parts of an automobile including the brake system, cooling system, electrical system, engine system, A/C-heat system, body and exterior, exhaust system, fuel system, steering and suspension system, and drive train.

A number of good online auto repair guides are provided free on selected websites. These sites provide useful articles and FAQs that enable you to learn the techniques of auto repair step by step.

Lots of auto repair guides tell you how to do simple auto repair jobs at home.

They also help you find quality used auto parts. Lots of auto repair guides also give you advice on auto repair shops in major cities. Auto repair guides also provide information on auto insurance, car rentals, driving schools and car washes. They help you learn more about automotive maintenance, car accessories and car audio systems.

At the most basic level, general auto repair guides walk you through some of the most basic maintenance and repair processes that are common to all vehicles. If you are new to auto repair, these may help you a lot. Auto repair guides also tell you how to choose a repair shop and how to choose a technician. They provide you with an idea about repair charges and preventive maintenance too. You can learn a lot about protecting your auto repair investment from these guides.