Ignoring a worn muffler will only lead to a snowball effect of car problems. Of course, not every car owner recognizes the signs of a worn muffler or even know what this vital part does. We’ll explain the purpose of a muffler and how to recognize a muffler past its lifespan.
A muffler is part of the exhaust system. Its job is to muffle the noise emanating from the exhaust process, hence the name. This vital component also removes exhaust gasses from the vehicle. Like any other auto part, mufflers wear with age. Luckily, a damaged muffler gives off signs that it’s no longer operating at its peak.
Our auto service always looks for these signs of a worn muffler when diagnosing a vehicle.
1. Loud Noise
Your car will sound louder than usual when the muffler begins failing. Aside from the higher volume, also keep your ears open for any rattling noise. This may be a sign of a muffler that is loose or nearly detached.
2. Exterior Damage
Use a jack to raise the vehicle and visually examine the muffler. Look for visible signs of damage, such as rust or holes.
Is liquid seeping from the muffler? A little bit of dripping is normal and no cause for alarm. However, if water is leaking from multiple locations, then you have a problem.
4. Foul Odor
Do you smell exhaust fumes in the cabin? Mufflers direct fumes out of the car; fumes making their way inside can be fatal for the driver and passengers.
Bring your car to Bothell Way Garage if you suspect muffler damage. We repair and replace mufflers for all makes and models, including classic cars. A worn muffler not only inhibits car performance but may also pose a safety hazard.
Edited by Justin Vorhees
Serving Customers in Bothell, Kenmore, Woodinville, Brier,
Kingsgate, Lake Forest Park and Juanita