Exhaust problems are reasonably easy to pinpoint, but if not repaired, they can cause noise pollution or even pose a danger to the people in your car. Luckily, with the many good exhaust repair products on today’s market, exhaust repairs are easily fixed.
Exhaust Repair Kits
A good exhaust repair kit should include steel plates, as well as steel seamless tubing fitted for a quick connection to the exhaust and the fittings. Some repair kits come with a high-temperature steel cold weld, resistant to corrosive exhaust heat and gases. An exhaust kit should also include a reinforced screen or bandage for extra support and easy to use and understand instructions.
An exhaust bandage fixes exhaust rips and tears and lasts for quite a while or even permanently. The smaller the leak or crack, the better a bandage fix will work. Exhaust bandages are made of epoxy-impregnated fibreglass or of refractory strips and are resistant to the high temperature and the corrosive fumes of the exhaust. An exhaust bandage is moulded into the small holes or cracks of the exhaust. Then it chemically welds to the exhaust, muffler or tail pipe and your exhaust is repaired.
Exhaust System Sealers
An exhaust system sealer acts as a chemical weld or a ceramic seal and is meant for fixing small holes and cracks. It can be water-based and should be asbestos free. It sometimes contains fibreglass fibres to hold the sealer in place while it cures. Like any exhaust repair product, it should withstand high temperatures. Exhaust sealers should also be resistant to chemicals, solvents, ageing and oxidising.
Exhaust System Repair Tape
Exhaust system repair tape is made from aluminium and a high-temperature bonding agent. It stops the noise a damaged exhaust makes and will seal out dangerous fumes. It works well for smaller exhaust problems, but seldom is a permanent solution for larger holes or cracks.
Exhaust Repair Tools
For a do-it-yourself job, the car should be on wheel ramps or an axle stand. Eye protection is also needed since rust flakes or metal shavings can get into your eyes. Metal snips or cutters and muffler clamps are needed. If jubilee clips are used to clamp the new part onto the exhaust, a screwdriver to fit the clips is necessary. A pair of pliers to pry off the bad exhaust parts is also useful. A pipe expander or a crimper to fit the new part onto the exhaust is also needed.
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