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Exhaust systems include front exhaust pipes, catalytic converters, intermediate exhaust pipes, mufflers, and tail pipes, and these components serve several important functions: they direct combustion fumes away from the passenger cabin of your vehicle, help maintain fuel efficiency and reduce emissions and noise. Keeping your exhaust system in good repair improves mileage and keeps pollutants out of the air. You will find dependable exhaust repairs at Minit-Tune & Brake Auto Centres 18 locations across Vancouver, BC and Alberta.

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Our teams will inspect your exhaust system as part of our maintenance check-up. Be sure to bring your vehicle to the exhaust systems experts at Minit-Tune & Brake Auto Centres if you notice any of the following symptoms:

  • Vibration
  • Loss of power
  • Increased fuel consumption
  • Thick smoke from your exhaust
  • Noise ranging from rumbling (usually caused by an exhaust leak), thumps or clunks (often due to a broken muffler) and louder clattering (signalling trouble with a catalytic converter)

A broken component in your vehicle’s exhaust system could expose you and your passengers to carbon monoxide and release other damaging pollutants into the air. That’s why Minit-Tune & Brake Auto Centres use only quality brand Original Equipment Manufacturer’s (OEM) parts for your exhaust system. Plus, on muffler replacements, we provide our customers with a limited lifetime* warranty on quiet flow mufflers. Bring your vehicle to your dependable exhaust systems mechanics at one of Minit-Tune Brake & Auto Centres Vancouver, BC, or Alberta locations.


Yes. The muffler is a single piece of the entire exhaust system. The exhaust system includes the muffler, as well as everything from the engine cylinder head to the tailpipe (i.e. exhaust manifold, front flex pipe, catalytic converter, intermediate pipe, muffler, and tailpipe).

The simple answer is yes. HOWEVER, your car will no longer be street legal, and will also be uncomfortably loud...not to mention exhaust fumes could enter your vehicle’s cabin, which can be fatal.

Modern mufflers are built with stainless steel, which make them extremely resilient. Depending on the weather conditions in your area, your muffler can last many years – sometimes even the entire lifespan of your vehicle.

While a good muffler will not necessarily improve your gas mileage, a muffler in poor condition can impede your exhaust system dramatically, and impact it in a very negative manner, causing a drastic drop in gas mileage and overall performance...sometimes so severe that your vehicle may not even start.

Speaking specifically about your muffler, a sure sign would be a rumbling noise coming from under your vehicle that gets louder as you accelerate. However, this noise can sometimes be an indication of a problem with your exhaust system in general, and not necessarily just with your muffler. The only way to know for sure would be to bring your vehicle to the nearest Minit-Tune & Brake Auto Centre, and have our technicians take a look.