Vehicle Emissions Testing in Madison, TN

car exhaust emissionsIf you drive a vehicle, you know that a condition of renewing your vehicle registration is proving that vehicle meets state emissions standards by testing at a local station. The kinds of emissions your vehicle releases is determined by the effectiveness and health of your exhaust system. A healthy exhaust system is important for more reasons than simply maintaining your vehicle registration.

Many people don’t think about their exhaust system unless their vehicle fails emission testing, or if they hear a loud, rumbling sound due to a failing muffler. But regular maintenance to your exhaust system is vital for your health. The gases in exhaust fumes are poisonous, and carbon monoxide is deadly.

Your exhaust systems depends upon the catalytic converter to remove many of those dangerous pollutants. Like any component, they will eventually wear out and need replacement. As one of the more expensive components to replace, regularly replacing your air filter and maintaining a clean fuel system clean will help extend the life of the catalytic converter.

Your muffler and exhaust pipes also face eventual wear and the need for replacement. As the parts of your exhaust system responsible for moving hot exhaust fumes from the engine out through the tailpipe and “muffling” the loud noise of engine combustion, these are also important components to maintain. Again, exhaust gas is poisonous, and leaks within the exhaust system can cause dangerous fumes to seep into your vehicle’s passenger compartment. Whether it’s the smell of exhaust fumes, suspicious sounds or smoke, always have your vehicle inspected at the first sign of suspicion.

Has your catalytic converter failed? Have you been by a parts house and had them scan your “Check Engine Light” and discovered codes P0420 or P0430? You can read more about the “why” and “how” of catalytic converters at the link here:

But here’s what you need to know as it relates to Rivergate Muffler & Auto Repair replacing your catalytic converter(s):

  • If your vehicle is equipped with a “manifold-converter” (where the exhaust manifold and the catalytic converter are made as one assembly), we replace it with an identical assembly. This prevents vehicle computer compatibility issues and the possibility of failure due to trying to hack a “universal, one-size-fits-all” converter in an application it is not designed to fit.
  • The manifold-converters we install are built of stainless steel and carry a lifetime warranty.
  • When installing manifold-converters, we also install new exhaust manifold and converter flange gaskets. Nobody should have to endure an exhaust leak due to failure to replace the gaskets when you have them in your hand during assembly.
  • For larger vehicles like trucks and SUVs, we can install both Federal and EPA compliant universal converters, possibly saving our customers money.

At Rivergate Muffler & Auto Repair, we provide exhaust system maintenance and repair that will enable your vehicle to meet state emissions standards, and keep you and your passengers safe. We pride ourselves on bringing you excellent automotive care at affordable prices. Why pay astronomical dealership fees if you don’t have to? Rivergate Muffler & Auto Repair can take care of all your automotive maintenance, diagnostic and repair needs. To schedule an appointment for emissions, fluid flushes, or headlight restorations the next time you’re in Madison or Nashville, TN, contact us and call (615) 851-2702.