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Is your car exhaust noisy? Does it rattle? We work with friendly garages across Colchester, ready to diagnose and repair or replace your exhaust, at the RIGHT price. Naturally we also offer Colchester Clutch Replacement and Colchester Cambelt Changes.

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Top garages for Exhaust Repair in Colchester (43 found)
Wyatt's Automotive
131 Jobs Completed
Essex
5.0 / 5

Here at Wyatt's Automotive we are a team of fully qualified, Main dealer trained technicians who specialise in Audi, VW, SEAT and Skoda vehicles. That said, We have such a vast array of year's experience working on all makes and models that no job is too big or too small for us to tackle! We offer our customers a main dealer level of service, As well as top specialist equipment and technology, At independent prices. We operate from fully kitted out mobile vans, So we can bring the garage to you. Offering to service or repair your vehicle at a time and place to suit you, Meaning you can have the repair carried out at home or work so as not to inconvenience you in any way.

We are more than happy to show you parts removed, Explain faults found and why the repair was necessary, As well as showing you what you might need to look out for next time.

Despite being a relatively new business, We hope you will take a chance on us and let us help get your vehicle road worthy again. If you need any advice or help please get in contact as we are always here to help. We cover Essex and Kent.

VR Car Services
378 Jobs Completed
Colchester
5.0 / 5

VR Car Services are a newly established business, owned and ran by good friends Rick and Vladis. We have been working side by side for the last 5 years, and we have over 20 years of combined experience working on all makes and models of vehicles. We pride ourselves on being able to take on the jobs that other garages don’t want to, and we have very good knowledge of how to take apart and fix parts, instead of just replacing them as per standard practice nowadays. We repair gearboxes on site ourselves, for example. We work Monday to Saturdays, however, we may be able to take on a Sunday appointment with prior agreement.

Great Horkesley Garage
74 Jobs Completed
Great Horkesley
5.0 / 5

First established in 1994, we have decades worth of experience to tackle anything you challenge us with! We are a very successful, family run business that provides MOT, servicing, fuel sales and a shop for everyday essentials. Our mechanics are fully qualified and committed to providing a high quality service at reasonable prices on all makes and models of cars and vans.

Richardsons Colchester
154 Jobs Completed
Colchester
4.8 / 5

Established in 1966 we are one of the South East's leading vehicle repair centres. We have a team of highly trained ATA staff and we are a BSI approved repair centre so you can ensure your vehicle is repaired correctly. We carry our vehicle servicing and repairs at very competitive prices but still follow the exact schedule recommended by the manufacturer and your warranty is NOT compromised regardless of the age of the vehicle. We also fit parking sensors, tyres, batteries, in fact we can undertake almost any of your car needs. We have alos recently been certified as a Which Trusted Trader which the company has been audited on our ability to provide customers with a honest service quality and cost standard.

See for yourself by visiting www.grahamrichardsons.co.uk

Colchester MOT Centre
45 Jobs Completed
Colchester
4.9 / 5

We are Colchester based garage. We do MOT, Tyres, Servicing, Brakes, Exhausts, Diagnostics and general repairs. We are able to service any make and model of vehicles. We provide best service for less money.

Protyre Colchester
94 Jobs Completed
Colchester
4.9 / 5

Stephen and his team pride themselves on providing an exceptional level of customer service. The centre specialises in mechanical repairs and MOTs as well as supplying and fitting tyres for cars, vans and 4x4s from all leading manufacturers, including Michelin, Pirelli, Bridgestone and Continental. Protyre Colchester offer both Class 4 and Class 7 MOTs but please call the garage directly if you require a Class 7 MOT as these cannot be booked online. The centre boasts a Hunter HawkEye® Hunter Wheel alignment system and offers many mechanical services including welding and clutch repair and replacement. Stephen and his team will be pleased to provide advice on the best tyres to meet your driving requirements. Based just off the roundabout by Sainsbury's in Stanway, pop in to get the best advice from our experts or feel free to buy online with same day fitting available.

BKT Motors
64 Jobs Completed
Colchester
5.0 / 5

Established in 1989, our team of skilled mechanics have over 25 years experience in the mechanical industry and have been committed to delivering high-quality repairs and fantastic customer service from day one. Because we are Trading Standards and RMI approved, you can rest assured knowing you and your vehicle are in good hands.

We cover a wide range of repairs and services from clutch and gearbox repairs to MOT's. No matter how big or small, every job is approached with the same level of professionalism and you will always receive honest advice and transparent prices. In 2015 we also opened our Car Sales division called BKT Prestige Ltd, based in Copford, Colchester which specialises in the sale and finance of all vehicle types.

All our quality parts are sourced from reputable suppliers and come with a standard manufacturer warranty. If you are unable to bring your vehicle to us, we offer a collection and delivery service for those within a 5-mile radius.

Formula One Autocentres - Colchester
109 Jobs Completed
Colchester
3.0 / 5

Established in 1974, Formula One Autocentres set out with a mission to deliver a completely new fast-fit experience to its customers. This would feature clean, modern premises, high-tech equipment and highly trained technicians; far removed from the kind of service normally associated with the industry.

Forty years down the line, we have grown to become one of the UK’s largest independent autocentre chains. The business remains family owned and continues to uphold its original commitment to delivering the highest quality service at the most competitive prices.

That commitment has proved incredibly popular with motorists, creating many thousands of loyal customers who continue to put their trust in Formula One Autocentres.

As a result, the company has gone from strength to strength, currently boasting over 85 state-of-the-art branches across England, with over 500 highly trained staff working seven days a week to provide a full range of services including tyres, exhausts, batteries, brakes, clutches, MOT's and servicing.

We remain resolutely independent, and as a family owned business, avoid being tied down to any single manufacturer or supplier. This gives us the freedom and flexibility to offer the biggest deals on the widest possible range of top branded products, making the company a viable, attractive and cost-effective alternative to both the big national chains and smaller local independent outlets. Quite simply, Formula One Autocentres provides cost-conscious motorists with the most reliable and affordable means of maintaining their vehicles.

We defend our position at the forefront of the fast-fit industry by constantly evolving and developing innovative new products and services to meet the ever-changing demands of our customers. With an ongoing expansion programme and by regular investment in technology, we continue to provide unbeatable fast-fit service along with the very best value prices. In fact, we can confidently claim that no other company is better equipped to face the motoring challenges of the future.

Mobile Auto Solutions
55 Jobs Completed
Colchester
5.0 / 5

Mobile mechanic and MOT tester. 30 years experience in all makes and repairs, conversant with modern control systems and emission control. Car, light commercial and motorbikes covered.

Transylvania Repairs
7 Jobs Completed
Colchester
4.8 / 5

Transylvania Repairs are a small, professional and enthusiastic team. Delivering high quality work with top notch communication. We aim to provide an honest and fair service, specialising in Jeep, Chrysler and Dodge with experience in working on all Makes and Models.

Customer Service is key, and ensuring your experience is positive is the cornerstone of our business.

Rallysport automotive
60 Jobs Completed
colchester
5.0 / 5

Rallysport engineering automotive is a car service and repair centre based in Colchester Essex. we are equipped with the latest in high tech equipment including full 4 wheel laser alignment, smart balancing and diagnostics.
Profits generated from our daily activities generated are donated to our community interest projects, helping young learners who thrive from learning outside the classroom, those at risk from exclusion from mainstream or those with special needs. For more information about our community projects feel free to visit our website- www.rallysport-eng.com. The two organisations are separate and only fully qualified experienced mechanics will complete any work on your vehicle.

Cowdray Car Centre
7 Jobs Completed
Colchester
4.3 / 5

We are a family run business that is dedicated to meeting the very highest standards of workmanship. We specialise in servicing, repair and maintenance of high end vehicles such as Audi, Bentley, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Rolls-Royce and Porsche along with Maserati, Jaguar and Land-Rover.

Being a family business we do not have shareholders and Head-offices demanding quotas on sales and revenue so you can be assured that your vehicle will be treated well and more importantly honestly.

All Trans Autos Ltd
4 Jobs Completed
Colchester
5.0 / 5

All Trans Autos was started in August 1980 by Jill and Richard.
We employed our first member of staff, Tony, in 1984 and we are proud that he is still in our employment.
Over the past 34 years All Trans Autos has grown and today has 15 employees, ranging from fully qualified technicians to part time office staff.
Each one is a valued member of the team and provides the excellent customer service for which the company is renowned.
All Trans Autos prides itself on its fantastic training program. Even after 25 years Tony is still attending training to keep up to speed with the fast moving technology in today’s cars. We have trained four apprentices over the period and currently have our fifth apprentice who is in his first year of training.
The husband and wife team of Jill and Richard provides an excellent atmosphere. They work along side their staff, giving the garage that family feel. Their children all help within the company, inputting their skills where required, although only one of them works full time, as the company’s fleet manager.
In 2006 All Trans Autos moved to its present location – the same year in which we became a Bosch Car Service centre. In order to become a BCS certain criteria have to be met. To read more about this see our Bosch page.
Today All Trans Autos is one of the largest independent garages in Colchester. We offer unlimited expertise and are able to deal with most makes to dealer level. We operate to standards beyond those that are expected even by Bosch, and we won their quality award in our first year.
We were shortlisted down to the last three in the Independent Garage of the Year Award in 2008.

Simply Serviced
9 Jobs Completed
Stanway, Colchester
5.0 / 5

Premium Indépendant open 7 days a week on a busy retail park in Colchester. Fully trained technicians. Available to offer servicing, mot, tyres, repairs and diagnostic. Anything from a bulb to a full vehicle restoration.

Vehicle Repair Solutions Ltd
1 Job Completed
Colchester
5.0 / 5

"Vehicle Repair Solutions, your car, your choice, your complete automotive solution. As the name suggests we are not just a bodyshop or mechanical service company we are your complete automotive solution. We pride ourselves on offering outstanding customer service, ensuring that you are supported and assisted through difficult insurance claims, have assured quality workmanship and are completely satisfied with all aspects of our service, at all times. Vehicle Repair Solutions is a trusted name in vehicle accident repairs, mechanical repairs and de-fleeting services. We have a range of repair services for every type of customer, including private motorists, fleet customers, car dealerships, insurance companies and brokers. We have a team of highly trained professionals from our customer care team to our workshop technicians. Our car care services include: vehicle refinishing, full accident repairs, cosmetic SMART repairs, garage services, MOTs for cars, vans, motorbikes, and minibuses, accident management services, end of lease specialists, valeting, sales photography, storage and transportation."

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Exhaust Repair in Colchester
Frequently asked questions
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What does a car's exhaust do?

Your Exhaust System performs 4 tasks: it reduces noise, it diverts waste gases away from driver and passengers, it improves performance and it reduces fuel consumption. The Catalytic Converter removes harmful gases such as Carbon Monoxide, and noise is reduced by the Silencer (or 'muffler'.) Finally on Diesel cars, a 'Diesel Particulate Filter' (or DPF) captures tiny soot particles before they leave the exhaust pipe.
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How does a car's exhaust work?

Without an exhaust system, the first thing you would notice is the noise - which would be many times greater. Your engine is also designed to run with an exhaust's 'backpressure' on gases leaving the engine. Removing the backpressure reduces performance and burns more fuel. Finally your car would emit dangerous levels of waste gas without one.
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Why do car exhausts rust?

The exhaust rusts for a couple of reasons: first, it is exposed to water, debris, salt and damage from materials thrown up from the road. Second, the exhaust undergoes extremes of heat and cold, as well as internal water vapour (a byproduct of internal combustion), all of which speed up the rusting process.
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What does blue, white or black exhaust smoke mean?

It's useful to know your exhaust smoke colours! Black smoke means your engine is burning fuel inefficiently, creating soot, pointing towards a tuning, ignition or air/fuel mixture issue. Blue smoke means that oil is getting beyond where it should be in your engine and actually mixing with fuel and being burnt, probably because of worn valve stem seals or piston rings. White smoke indicates that coolant is entering the engine's cylinders, most likely due to a cracked or warped head gasket.
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How much does an Exhaust System cost?

Good news - exhaust systems can often be bought and replaced in sections, meaning a cost-effective repair can be under £100. Typical full replacement costs are £150-£200.
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How long does a car exhaust last?

A good quality non-stainless steel exhaust should last 5-6 years, and a stainless steel system could last 10 years. Note that life expectancy is hugely affected by driving conditions. Lots of short journeys cause moisture to build up in the system (because it doesn't get hot enough to burn it off), increasing the likelihood of rust. Lots of motorway miles has the opposite effect.

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How does an exhaust work?

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.

How does the exhaust affect performance?

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.

Are Exhaust leaks dangerous?

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.

Can an exhaust leak cause low oil pressure?

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.

Can an exhaust leak cause the check engine light to come on?

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.

Signs that your Exhaust needs repairing or replacing

Exhaust is loud

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.

Exhaust is leaking

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.

Exhaust is leaking water

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.

Exhaust is popping

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.

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.

Exhaust is rusty

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.

Exhaust is smoking

Black Smoke from Exhaust

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.

Blue Smoke from Exhaust

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.

White Smoke from Exhaust

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.

Catalytic Converter

The catalytic converter is the part of the exhaust system that converts the dangerous fumes produced by a car engine, into a safer gas which can be pushed into the air. The catalytic converter is an expensive part of the exhaust system as it is a complex piece of machinery and repairing it can be complicated. For the same reason, replacing a catalytic converter is also expensive. If there is a small amount of rust on the catalytic converter this can be repaired relatively simply, and even a small hole can be fixed with some welding, however, you will have to go by your mechanics advice as once a hole is too big, it cannot be welded shut.

Exhaust Manifold

The exhaust manifold is the piping that takes the fumes from the catalytic converter and out to the tailpipe which is also part of the manifold. This part can often become loose and rattle from the result of the fittings breaking from extensive rusting. The part can also leak fumes if holes appear, though they can be welded shut. The exhaust manifold should not be too expensive to repair if there is a small hole, but if you need a new exhaust manifold, the price may be quite high depending on the car model.

Lambda Sensor

The lambda sensor is an oxygen monitor located within the exhaust system. It is critical to keep track of oxygen levels within the exhaust as too much could cause an explosion if it reaches the engine. Getting a new lambda sensor is an inexpensive job and fitting it should not take too long, however, the only way to make sure is by getting a personal quote from a trained technician from WhoCanFixMyCar to fit a new Lambda Sensor. If you ask for a new oxygen monitor or if the mechanic tells you that you need a new oxygen sensor in the exhaust system, this is the same thing.

Exhaust repair cost

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!

Who installs and repairs exhaust systems?

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.

We work with a network of 15,133 mechanics and garages across the UK so we can find competitive exhaust repair deals for you.

To find the best exhaust service available, follow these steps;

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You can then compare the quotes and read reviews from previous customers to find the best exhaust deal in your area, before booking the exhaust repair online.

Debs from Foxley Garage explains the Exhausts system