Exhaust repair

Meridian Automotive provides auto batteries, battery testing and battery replacement in Meridian, Idaho, for most cars, light trucks and SUV’s.

Meridian Automotive Mechanic


505 N. Main Street,
Meridian, ID 83642

(208) 888-3797

Exhaust repair services performed at Meridian Automotive:

  • Exhaust diagnostics
  • Exhaust repair
  • Exhaust manifold replacement/repair
  • Muffler replacement
  • Catalytic converter replacement

What are common exhaust problems?

Not only is the exhaust system in place to keep your car running quietly, but it is also responsible for moving exhaust fumes away from the cabin of the vehicle, making sure your engine continues to run properly, reducing emissions, and maintaining optimal fuel efficiency.

The most common cause for exhaust wear or damage is rust. Depending on how severe the vehicle’s rust problem is, it can potentially lead to structural damage and even complete failure of the exhaust system.

To help prevent or limit rust erosion, avoid going on several short trips in your vehicle. On shorter journeys, the water vapor that accumulates in the system does not have the time to fully evaporate so it cools and pools in the exhaust system increasing the chances of building up rust. In rare, extreme cases, the exhaust pipe has been known to become so loose due to erosion that it starts dragging on the road. Should you experience this, bring your vehicle in right away. If your vehicle is unsafe to drive, call a roadside assistance company to help you bring it in.

Brackets, and other parts like the heat shield or pieces of the exhaust pipe coming loose are also common exhaust system problems. If you should hear a rattling noise under your vehicle this could be the case, and you should have your exhaust system looked at right away. Missing brackets and loose parts will put additional structural stress on the exhaust system and potentially damage other, more expensive, components.

Exhaust Repair

Signs that there is a problem with the exhaust:

An increase in engine noise:

Often a loud rumbling sound. This is most likely the first thing you will notice if your vehicle is in need of exhaust repair. The exhaust system is responsible for keeping your engine noise to a minimum, so if you notice an increase in engine sounds, you likely have an exhaust leak. The most likely places you will find an exhaust leak is in the exhaust manifold, or anywhere you find joints in the system. Not only would an exhaust leak cause the engine to get louder, but harmful fumes could possibly make their way into the passenger cabin. If you notice your car getting louder, bring it in right away.

Feeling new/strange vibrations:

If you begin to notice vibrations coming from the gas pedal or your steering wheel, then you may have an exhaust leak. If the leak is large enough, it is possible that you may even feel the whole vehicle begin to shake. Bring your vehicle in for maintenance right away. These vibrations could potentially be a safety issue – as well as a car health issue – because they have the potential to affect your ability to safely control your vehicle.

Your vehicle is not as fuel efficient as it was previously:

Though a decrease on MPG could mean a number of things, an exhaust leak is one of the most common reasons you experience this. Exhaust leaks can result in fumes not being carries away properly, which would cause your engine to run at a higher temperature and reducing fuel economy. So if you notice that you aren’t getting as far on a tank of gas as you used to, bring your car in to have it looked at.

Don’t just trust anyone with your exhaust system, trust the experts at Meridian Automotive. Call us today or schedule an appointment online.


Aleaha Tussing
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I've been trusting Meridian Automotive with my business for years. Mike is great, always makes the experience a good one. He's professional, personable, and knowledgeable. The whole team always goes above and beyond to make repairs and maintenance painless, and they do it right the first time.
Melissa Trudell
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They are accurate in diagnosing the problem in my car and truck, fixed the problem and works like a top. I like their honesty, if they don't feel they can fix the problem, they won't try and bill you, they will recommend you to another shop who possibly can. I will continue to take our vehicles there as long as I'm getting great service that's affordable. Thank you for your great service.
Pamela Thompson
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Meridian Automotive has fabulous customer service and is especially good at follow up. Wish their prices were lower and they always try to soften the blow, very understanding and explain things too
Eric Call
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My check engine light came on while traveling from Twin Falls, and I needed to get my car in quick. They were wonderful to work with, they were able to squeeze me in, and did an excellent job, and charged me a very fair price. I will definitely use then again in the future.
Luke Karel
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The team at Meridian Automotive has done a great job on servicing our fleet vehicles. We had been using another company for years but started to notice a downturn in the quality of work and level of service. We made the switch to Meridian Automotive and are so glad we did. Do you want to be treated with kindness, respect, and integrity? If so, this is the place for you. They do quality work and provide piece of mind. We will continue to use Meridian Automotive for our business fleet vehicles. I will also be utilizing their services for my personal vehicles, and this includes a classic truck that my dad restored. I can assure you the only peolpe I would let work on that truck are those I trust completely.
Anette McClain
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John & Nick were exceptional in taking care of me and my car on short notice with a rather urgent situation. I highly recommend Meridian Automotive! Great communication and affordable repairs!
John Lehn
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They made quick repairs on my pickup to pass emissions test. Gave professional explanation of other potential issues. Decent prices and good customer service. I’ll be coming back.
Deanna Mullins
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Meridian Automotive provided excellent service with all expectations met, including pickup date.
Aaron Whipple
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The folks at Meridian Automotive has always been everything I want in a mechanic: knowledgeable, prompt, personable, professional, affordable, and easy to interact with. Brought my car in with a cracked cooling line, dropped it off for next day pickup because that's a convenient option for me, and everything was tip top after the in-and-out pickup process. They've been greeting me by name since the second time I stepped foot in the building, making it clear they care more about their customers than they actually have to.
Dominik Tolman
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My Durango had a bad wheel bearing, Meridian Automotive was able to get it in for an inspection, complete the work, and get it back to me in the span of 1 day's time. They do great quality work, quickly, and at great prices! Wouldn't hesitate to recommend them to anyone
John Zacharias
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Really friendly group of people that are quick to work on a car and happy to help figure out car stuff. My wife's car went down and the check engine light was flashing. They were super helpful and were able to get things figured out quickly so that we could get her car back on the road. I would definitely recommend



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