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James nice decent fella nows his stuff well recommended wont hesitate to take all my familys cars to him
Can’t recommend c.a enough, brilliant work done on my Saab
Excellent service this guy knows exactly what he's doing. He found problems that all other garages didn't see or ignore.
Excellent service using genuine parts, hence the small increase in price. Friendly and reliable. Perfect that it can be done at home. Thanks.
This is the second time I have used Automotive Cardiff Ltd and I cannot praise highly enough. As well as James being a top mechanic (he easily diagnosed a problem that stumped a local garage), he hides nothing and you get the assurance you are not being ripped off (a rarity these days). If/when I get further problems (or maintenance requirements), I have no hesitation in using again, for sheer convenience (mobile mechanic). peace of mind and value for money.
Very happy with my full service received on my car would definitely recommend and use again thank you
Good price, quick turnaround, was able to do it on my lunch break and friendly service. Would recommend
Very positive and recommended.
Good friendly service went out there way to help.me, they kept me informed with WhatsApp pictures and pricing and even did odd jobs on the car without charging to get me back on the road, first class, very pleased
Very friendly and helpful throughout would definitely recommend will be treating myself to a remap soon
Really good guys, great communication and amazingly fast work!
Great service very professional , value for money, highly recommended
Very trustworthy and great value
Excellent. Very thorough and informative.
It can be very difficult finding a garage you can trust. I would definitely feel confident going to this garage again in the future and I would recommend him to others. Thank you Mark.
Great service. Needed a sill welding to pass MOT and the work was done to a good standard. Price was only higher than online quote as inspection was needed for a full quote.
Need other work done so I will be returning
If I could give a marking of 6 I'd do so. Very very capable and put the car through it's paces big time in difficult circumstances! Flagged up all the relevant problems, spotted where the engine bay had been steam cleaned to hide oil leak evidence, picked up the steering rack problem and loose engine mount on the test drive, dead battery on a static test and so much more. If you're buying a used car in the Cardiff area - these are the guys to take! Thank you!
Full service and MOT. Excellent customer service. I will definitely return.
Very good service and competice price. Will definately use again
Quick and efficient
Highly recommended. My Vauxhall went in for diagnostic for suspect head gasket failure, approx cost of repair £600. Rob diagnosed the fault (Water Pump fail and Coolant Resevoir leaking) total cost of repair £120. Great honest service
Did the job
Good service, explained the work clearly, fair price.
I recently had 4 tyres changed and the fitter noticed that I had some uneven wear on all tyres. I used City Service Centre to align all 4 wheels, and I can’t fault the service one bit! Very prompt to reply, carried out the job on short notice and the job took less than an hour. Very happy customer.
It was my first experience with City Service Centre, upon first contacting the garage I received first class communications and superior service I was overwhelmed at the extremely professional and prompt service. My car was on the road again within hours, the cost for parts and labour were minimal. Thank you City Service Centre and to Justin for all your help and time. One extremely satisfied customer. Gabrielle
Very good cost for the work. Diagnostics, Abs sensor fitted and Mot done for the final price. Heading back Monday for work done before retest (sadly shock absorber has gone) Highly recomended.
Great garage, would definitely recommend and will use again. Thanks!
An exhaust system has the primary function of guiding fumes away from a controlled combustion section of an engine. The exhaust system on a car is carefully designed so the fumes omitted from the engine can be safely transported away from passengers in the car.
The exhaust system is made up of a several parts, all of which could cause potential issues if damaged. Though you only see the tail pipe from the outside of the car, the exhaust system is a large system.
The exhaust ensures fumes are transported from the engine all the way to the tailpipe at the back of the car. The gas flows down from the engine to the flange and onto the catalytic converter, it then travels on to the muffler and resonance chamber before going to the resonator and finally out through the tailpipe.
All of these parts have distinctive functions with piping connecting them along the bottom of the car. Each section of the system has to be completely airtight and functioning properly to ensure the gases are released into the outside environment safely.
Because there are several components of the exhaust system and because it usually stretches the full length of the car, costs can vary.
Depending on the area, part and extent of the damage, you are likely to pay different prices. Some repairs may only consist of sealing a small leak whereas others may result in replacing entire pipes or elements.
If there is a leak in the exhaust system, there is a chance that engine performance will be negatively affected. This is due to the escape of pressure at the wrong point of the system.
It is essential that an exhaust system is not damaged as leakage could pose danger to those inside the vehicle. Hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxides could seep into a car if the exhaust is damaged. These gases are also extremely hot and would cause serious damage if they were to meet a passenger.
The piping in an exhaust system must be heat resistant due to the high temperatures of these compounds and if the exhausts integrity is compromised, anything close to the damaged area will be exposed to potential harm.
If your DPF is also blocked or not functioning properly, soot and particulate will escape from the system and cause damage to the environment and people in the surrounding area.
If there is an oil leak, there is only a very small chance that the problem is the exhaust system. This is due to the fact that engine oil doesn’t course through the exhaust like it does for a part like the head gasket.
However, if there is an oil leak, it may get into the combustion system and the result will be blue smoke coming from the exhaust.
A warning light will come on but it will not likely be the check engine light. This is because a problem with the exhaust will be detected specifically by oxygen sensors or the sensors in the DPF if your exhaust system is fitted with one.
A common symptom for a damaged exhaust is a loud roaring noise being emitted from your vehicle. This noise would indicate that you have a problem with the silencer part of the system. A common issue with silencers is corrosion by acidic moisture which is caused by a build-up of the damaging substance.
If a part of the system has cracked or a hole has appeared, you will be able to hear a hissing noise and a chugging sound could mean there is a blockage in the system. If the exhaust is leaking, the issue needs to be addressed immediately as the fumes are dangerous.
There is also a chance that the exhaust is leaking water, in which case, there is a crack or hole somewhere in the system as a possible result of a water leak from the head gasket.
If you hear the exhaust popping or rattling beneath your car it could mean that your exhaust has become misaligned and if you can hear a loud metallic vibration it usually means that something is hitting the exhaust pipe. It could also mean a clamp, mounting or support bracket exhaust is loose.
Hangers and brackets are essential for holding the system in place so if these parts become damaged there is a significant risk that the rest of the system will suffer damage as a result.
If you are able to get underneath your car, it is always the best way to check for signs of damage.
One of the most common issues associated with exhausts is rust build up, however this can often be a minor issue as some pealing of metal is not a huge issue.
If there is a build-up of rust on any part of the system, use a tool such as a screwdriver to see how strong the area feels, if the integrity is solid then the part won’t need replacing however if the metal feels weak when some pressure is applied, its time you get the part removed and a new one installed.
Black smoke coming from your exhaust means that your engine is burning more fuel than it should. This is often caused by a problem with your fuel injectors, air filter or fuel-pressure regulator. Alternatively, the fuel line could be clogged. Burning excessive fuel will have a noticeable effect on fuel economy meaning that you will be spending much more money getting from A-B.
If your exhaust in pumping out blue smoke, oil will have leaked into the engine and been burned in the system. This happens following the valve guide seals or piston rings wearing out and allowing engine oil into the combustion chamber. Engine oil is only meant for the lubrication of parts which are in constant contact with each other.
If engine oil is leaking into the combustion system, you need to have the issue addressed with an oil changeimmediately as low engine oil levels will be incredibly detrimental to your car.
If white smoke is coming from your exhaust, your car could be low on engine coolant from the result of a cracked or warped cylinder head, a cracked engine block or a head gasket failure from overheating.
If engine coolant gets anywhere near the combustion chamber, the liquid will be vaporised and converted into a white gas which is then pushed out through the tailpipe.
If the exhaust is smoking thick black, white or blue fumes, there is also an issue with the system as the exhaust should not be blowing this colour of smoke. To find out why your exhaust is blowing smoke use our dedicated guide.
Car exhaust repair is a service which can be priced at a variety of levels. This is due to the fact that there are a number of things which could go wrong. For example, exhaust hole repair will vary as the size of the damage will be unique to your car and so the cost of exhaust replacement or exhaust pipe repair cannot be predicted, you simply need to get a personal quote from local garages using WhoCanFixMyCar!
Trained mechanics working in independent garages, fast fit chains and main dealerships can deliver exhaust repair and new exhaust installation. You can find the best local exhaust specialists by requesting quotes from WhoCanFixMyCar.
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