Independent test of Škoda genuine exhaust silencers

3/31/2008
Škoda Auto asked an independent expert institute to compare the parameters of Škoda genuine exhaust silencers with the exhaust silencers sold by independent Czech dealers offering parts other than Škoda genuine parts. Testing was carried out on the exhaust silencers used in the Škoda Octavia Tour, the Škoda Fabia and the Škoda Felicia. 

It is possible to use a Škoda genuine part or any part other than a Škoda genuine part, but how should you decide? First of all it has to be said that the price should not be the only criterion! Important aspects include the service life, the design, the quality of the materials used, the manufacturing accuracy and many other factors.

A part other than a Škoda genuine part that seems to be the same as a Škoda genuine part at first sight may not have the same parameters to which you have been accustomed so far. 

At first glance the well tested top quality can be a costly solution but in practice it is exactly to the contrary. A Škoda genuine part will serve longer in your car in addition to protecting you from the risk of increased fuel consumption and the high noise level.

TEST RESULTS

A test program lasting almost four months examined the quality of six exhaust silencers. Below are several important results from the test lab.

Corrosion resistance The Škoda genuine exhaust silencer installed in the Škoda Fabia and the Octavia Tour is made of high quality stainless steel and therefore has  a significantly longer service life than any parts other than Škoda genuine parts. A highly positive feature of the Škoda genuine exhaust silencer includes the system of condensate suction from the silencer’s bottom using an output pipe which further reduces the risk of corrosion.

Competing parts that are other than Škoda genuine parts used in the Škoda Octavia Tour and the Fabia have a significantly different bending of pipes. This can result in damage to the corrosion protection of the floor and other parts that are close to the exhaust system in addition to the complicated  assembly of a part other than a Škoda genuine part with design and/or manufacturing inaccuracies in the dimensions.  

The quality and life span of the joints of silencers other than Škoda genuine exhaust silencers installed in the Škoda Fabia and the Octavia Tour was found unacceptable. The joints failed to have the adequate strength to guarantee being trouble-free for a long period of time. This is particularly important for the correct direction of exhaust gases behind the car and not below the floor from where they can get into the passenger compartment.

The Škoda Felicia equipped with other than a Škoda genuine exhaust silencer had increased consumption. The different design caused the fuel consumption to increase by as much as 5% to 6% compared to a car equipped with a Škoda genuine exhaust silencer.   

The Škoda Octavia Tour equipped with a silencer other than a Škoda genuine exhaust silencer had an increased noise level during engine braking. This is a result of a different exhaust silencer design.

 

Why use Škoda genuine exhaust silencers?

An exhaust silencer operates for many years in an extremely harsh environment exposed to extreme weather conditions, the high temperature of the  exhaust gases and vibrations from the chassis and engine. As demonstrated during the testing, not every part passes particularly well in this demanding  environment. Bearing in mind the purchase price, the easy assembly, the prolonged operating service and the excellent operating parameters, it is obvious that the Škoda genuine exhaust silencer is definitely the right choice. 

Why use Škoda genuine exhaust silencers? 

  • it has been specifically designed for a particular type of car,
  • it has undergone demanding lab testing,
  • compared to parts other than Škoda genuine parts is more corrosion-resistant,
  • it does not increase fuel  consumption,
  • car will continue to have the minimum noise level,
  • it has accurate dimensions allowing easy assembly and perfect sealing of the exhaust system,
  • it has the same parameters as the part used in a new car,
  • its manufacturing quality is continuously monitored.


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