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Car Muffler – What is it and warning signs of a damaged car muffler

by Tyler Roberts Content Creator

Cars have hundreds of different parts to them. As a car owner, you are not expected to know and understand every little part of your car. However there are certain parts of your car that you need to understand. By understanding them you will be able to acknowledge if something is not working and if there may be an issue. 

One such part is the muffler. Knowing what the muffler is and the warning signs of a damaged muffler can save you hundreds of dollars in repairs. The quicker you identify there may be an issue with your muffler, the quicker you can get it looked at.


What is a car muffler?

The muffler on your car is the pipe that comes from the back of the car. The muffler is designed to help reduce the noise that is coming from the exhaust of your car. 

The muffler quiets the sound pressure that the engine creates. This is done by using acoustic quieting. Which means the muffler reduces vibrations and prevents them from reaching the passengers.


What are the signs of a damaged muffler?

There are a number of signs that you can look out for that can indicate damage or issues with your muffler.

  • Excessive noise – if you are starting to experience excess noise coming from the exhaust than you may have an issue with your muffler. As the muffler is meant to reduce noise, increases can indicate damage to it.

  • Reduced Fuel Economy – If your muffler is not performing correctly, you may notice a change in your fuel consumption. It can cause issues with your fuel economy. If you are noticing your fuel not lasting as long as normal, look into the muffler.

  • Slow acceleration – If you are having to put your foot down a bit harder than usual to get the same power, this can be caused by issues with your exhaust system. 

  • Strong smell of gases – If you start to experience this, you need to get the car checked immediately. This could be a break in the pipe or an issue with the catalytic converter.

  • Rust – If you notice that your tail pipe or muffler is starting to build up rust than it may be on its way out. Condensation is normal due to it heating up and cooling down all the time, however excess amounts of condensation and rust can be a concern. 

  • Low hanging exhaust – Have you noticed your tail pipe and rear muffler hanging lower to the ground that normal? This could be caused by a number of factors. One of the exhaust mounts may have failed. Or you could have damage to a pipe. 


These are a few of the indications that you may need to have your exhaust system looked at and possibly fixed. Don’t leave your concerns too long. Even if you are not 100% sure, it is best to get it checked out before too long. Google “car mechanic near me” and take your car to your nearest service centre to get checked.



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Created on Jun 29th 2020 23:38. Viewed 171 times.

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