I was doing 75 on the long slip road between the northbound M1 and the M18, and suddenly everything just went boomy! It was like having a souped-up Subaru Impreza revving its nuts off in the drivers footwell! I initially dismissed the exhaust as the cause when I navigated onto the hard shoulder and realised that the car still had a fair amount of power.
So, after pulling over, I checked under the car from the apparent safety of the other side of the crash barrier whilst I was on the phone to the RAC. I couldn't see any parts of the exhaust hanging down, but I could see a fair amount of fluid dripping onto the shoulder. I didn't panic - mostly because the weather was gorgeous and I was in very high spirits.
Anyhoo, after being sent in the wrong direction by his control - twice - the RAC patrol turned up. The fluid was normal air-conditioning run-off... which I should've known! He got under the car and patched up the exhaust pipe, but advised me that it wouldn't be likely to last the 400 miles that I would need to drive to take me to the weekend.
So, I'm now sitting in a greasy spoon in Mexborough, chomping on a jacket potato, whilst the garage in Swinton has a look to see if the exhaust is weldable. It's the catalytic converter, you see, and boody expensive to replace. Welding will cost me no more than £50, but a new cat could be upwards of £200!
Welding, please! :o)