After my run ins with Craggy on Saturday night, Im a bit concerned that the car isnt running properly. Ive got rattling exhaust noises coming from under the car (seems to be from near the front) and (as best I can describe it) a "whoosing" or "blowing" noise. It is also quite "boomy" under acceleration. The car also seems to take quite a while to get through the last 1500 revs in third & fourth gears, where I would expect a 16v engine to get through these quite quickly (even the 206 did!). Im going to take the car to an exhaust specialist on Friday, but have a few questions that the more technically minded might be able to help with:
1. Is it possible that loose connections in the exhaust system could result in exhaust gas blowing out and account / blowing / booming noises for the whoosing noises?
2. If this is the case, is it likely to cause the car to be down on power?
3. What else should I check to make sure that the engine is running right?