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Common Exhaust System Problems in BMWs & MINIs

Though it is not talked about enough, the exhaust system in your BMW and MINI is vital for many reasons. 

  • The exhaust system helps get rid of dangerous gasses that are formed from your engine running. It does this by converting it into safer air.
  • It protects you and your passengers from breathing in harmful engine byproducts (such as carbon monoxide). In other words, a flawed exhaust system can hurt your health, not just your vehicle's health.
  • The exhaust system ensures that you aren't releasing way too many emissions that can harm the environment. 

Driving with a corrupted exhaust system can hurt other important systems as well, like the engine. Since the exhaust system helps draw the toxic gases away from the engine, it will continue to sit in the engine compartments when it is not working. They can start to damage and corrode the engine's parts. Furthermore, your gas mileage and engine performance will drop.


Signs of Exhaust Problems

You may experience the following symptoms when you have an error in your exhaust system:

  • Unusual noises, like tapping and hissing
  • Decrease in engine power
  • Slow acceleration
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Strange smells (burning or gasoline) coming from the engine
  • Physical deterioration of exhaust pipe

If you notice any of these signs in your BMW or MINI, you should seek help from an automotive professional immediately. You could be putting your car and your health at a major risk. Also, your vehicle may fail an emissions test. Lastly, ignoring these symptoms can cause the damage to spread to other parts of your BMW or MINI.


In summary, you should never ignore warning symptoms from your exhaust system. At Nixon Automotive, we can ensure your exhaust system is restored and back to normal. Additionally, our technicians can help you stay on top of your BMW's and MINI's maintenance. Your vehicle will be back on the road safely in no time. We invite you to our Burnaby, BC auto repair shop today!

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