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Weird car experience

Help!! I spotted something coming out of my car's exhaust.. I pulled it and out came a huge wad of hair-like substance? Is this a serious fault or has someone played a practical joke on me???

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  • J123B Nov 11, 2008

    Thanks - yes we do and yes it passed, MOT and emissions... guess I will have to get that exhaust anyway..



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Fit new exhaust ,its rotted away in the internal tube in silencer and now the fibre wool is coming out.dont you have an anual roadworthyness check where you live??

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What caused white smoke from exhaust?

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The most common source of the hair fibers and the smell is a defective catalytic converter.
And if it failed it could cause excessive pressure in the exhaust as well as the engine.
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